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28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.

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Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.

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Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.

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What's On Archive 34

34/2006
27 September - 27 SeptemberFIRESTARTERS
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A survey published this month of Eastern Europe's richest people confirms what the world has long since taken for granted - namely that amid the relative poverty of the post-Soviet era here in Ukraine a small number of individuals have amassed mind-boggling amounts of personal wealth (see What's Up? on page 6 for more). Local kingmakers remain comfortably ahead of their neighbours in the more economically developed former Socialist Bloc, EU membership not withstanding. Of the one hundred featured in the list, over sixty come from the former USSR, with Ukraine accounting for a grand total of fifteen entries, second only to Russia in the regional fat cat stakes. Statistically speaking that is a gross over-representation, whether we're talking about GDP, standard of living, population size or any other indicator you care to mention. The end result is the oligarchy we all know and love, but instead of buying parliamentary majorities it would be nice to see some of these billion dollar boys putting a little back into the country that made them so insanely wealthy. Such philanthropy is commonplace among the mega-rich of the West, but has yet to fully catch on here. Last week we saw the opening of Vitkor Pinchuk's contemporary art centre here in Kyiv, and although that may not be much use to the average Brovary housewife trying to get by on a few hundred hryvnia, it is at least a sign that the importance of good PR is finally being recognised, so there is hope. After all, if these fellows wish to be taken seriously as the country's self-anointed 'National Bourgeoisie' they will need to spread a little of that wealth among the other 99.99% of the country.
Peter Dickinson,
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Ukrainians Riding High in East European Rich List - Whats Up?
Local oligarchs are again in the money this year, with the Polish periodical Wprost including 15 Ukrainians in its annual Top 100 Rich List for Eastern Europe. Diminutive Donbass biznessman, politician and Shakhtar Donetsk owner Rinat Akhmetov was once again the highest placed Ukrainian, climbing four places to come in at eleventh. It appears as though 2006 has been a profitable year for the industrial tycoon, with current fortune now estimated to be at $7.2 million, an increase of $5.1 million from last year. 


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Disinfectant Alcohol Tragedy - Whats Up?
Over 500 people in Russia have fallen sick in two separate outbreaks of alcohol poisoning. Hospital staff in the town of Stary Oskol, 560km south of Moscow, said that drinks based on alcohol appeared to be behind the mass poisoning, which saw 309 people diagnose with toxic hepatitis. Meanwhile another 212 drinkers fell sick in and around the town of Rzhev, 220km west of Moscow.


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Odessa Witch Trial Continues - Whats Up?
The trial of Diana Semenukha, a woman who stands accused of operating a Satanic cult in Odessa, continued in the Black Sea port recently. Prosecutors claimed that Semenukha lured homeless kids to her house with promises of food and shelter and whilst there, drugged them in order to perform Black Masses and other dark rituals including drinking their blood; if found guilty Semenukha faces three years in prison on charges of assault and captivity. (Wire Reports)

Kyiv Fights Population Decrease - Whats Up?
Despite a social advertising campaign calling on Ukrainians to hop into bed and fill the land with beautiful bambinos the population of the land dropped 0.7 percent in the first seven months of this year. Should this trend continue then in less than half a century Ukraines population will be down to 36 million, according to the National Institute of Demography and while a high infant mortality rate has yet to be tackled successfully, mass migration continues to drain the land.


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Oligarch Link to Pyramids? - Whats Up?
Newly uncovered evidence from the Donbass suggests that a recently uncovered pyramid may not in fact be a Bronze Age temple complex but the unfinished remains of a secretive oligarchs pleasure-dome. Archaeologists talking off the record to Whats On first became suspicious when they uncovered what appeared to be the foundations of a garage, and admitted it is possible that what they believed to be a sacrificial alter could in fact be a helipad.


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Turn of the Century Style - Kyiv Fashion
It is soon apparent to any visitor to the Ukrainian capital that Kyivites, and the citys ladies in particular, like to dress well. As the One Street Museums latest exhibition, dedicated to clothes from the nineteenth and twentieth century shows, this quest for taste is nothing new.

 

 

 



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Ukraine Truth
Rights We Didnt Know We Had

Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.


Kyiv Culture

Pulling Strings
Located on Hrushevskoho Street the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades childrens favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. Whats On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.

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