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7 (2014)
Tunnelling Towards Hope


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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 17 (2010)

17 (2010)/2010
7 May - 13 May
Take a Moment to Remember
On the 65th anniversary of the end of WWII in a land that sacrificed so much


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From THE EDITOR (17) - Editorial
Kyiv is a great and wonderful city to live in, especially now spring is here, the sun is shining, the trees are in blossom, and the ladies are in short skirts, but, as with everywhere else in the world, there are some things that definitely could do with improving. One of the things that really gets to me here is the restaurant culture where most of the offerings are tackily decorated and oversized, the food is particularly mediocre and incredibly overpriced, the service is poor and a bottle of wine costs about four times what it would in western Europe. In my humble opinion, what the city is in drastic shortage of is little shop front eateries that serve good food at good prices, and with a smile. The strange thing is, that not only are such places good for the clients, they are also good for business.


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Kyivs Parks to Become More Amusing - Whats Up?
Some good news at last! Well, possibly According to what many will consider a rather fanciful statement from the Kyiv City Administration, a number of the capitals parks are to undergo huge facelifts over the next couple of years, and those facelifts will include amusement park rides such as rollercoasters and the like.
According to the statement, the work will start with replacing the playgrounds in six of Kyivs biggest parks.


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Ukraine Tops New Piracy Watch List - Whats Up?
The United States Trade Representative issued a report last week detailing countries that either dont sufficiently safeguard intellectual property rights, or that block American business that rely on copyright protection. The report highlighted 11 countries that have been placed on a Priority Watch List, and one of those countries, needless to say, is Ukraine.
Other countries you might expect to see on the list such as Russia, China and India, are there also, but so is Canada, Italy and Spain, which is interesting. Internet piracy is a significant concern with respect to a number of trading partners including Brazil, Canada, China, India, Italy, Russia, Spain and Ukraine, the report said, pointing out that Canada has yet to act upon legislative reforms surrounding copyright.


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Snooker Corruption in Kyiv - Whats Up?
It seems that no matter who you are and what you do, if youre going to be corrupt you have to come to Kyiv to do it. This week, undercover reporters from British tabloid News of the World set up a sting on former world snooker champion John Higgins in which they filmed him and his manager Pat Mooney agreeing to accept a bribe of 300,000 Euros to lose frames in upcoming matches. And they did it here in Kyiv.
As a result of the sting, Pat Mooney resigned from the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) and John Higgins has been suspended from all future events subject to an investigation, which began immediately.


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Investigation Launched into Alleged $290M Misuse - Whats Up?
The phrase the pot calling the kettle black could have been created for Ukrainian politicians, and this phrase comes in handy once again as the current government launches an investigation into the misappropriation of $290 million by the Tymoshenko government.
On Wednesday last week, the state prosecutor opened a criminal case into the alleged misappropriation of this sizeable sum of cash received for the selling of carbon credits under the Kyoto Protocol. The prosecutors office said in a statement that 2.3 billion hrynias, received last year for selling carbon emission rights, had been misused by the former cabinet and the finance ministry. As a result, a criminal case for violation of budget legislation and abuse of authority has been launched, the statement said, and that the action caused serious consequences for Ukraines state interests.


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Naftogaz to Merge with Gazprom - Whats Up?
Well, to say this would be a merger would be like saying McDonalds is going to merge with Joes Café. In truth, it would be much more like a swallowing up. But thats what Putin wants to happen.
After meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart for the third time in 10 days, Putin announced to reporters that he has proposed unifying Gazprom and Naftogaz.


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The Great Patriotic War - Ukraine History
For Eastern Europe, the war began 22 June 1941. It would be the largest stage of war the world had ever seen and will be notoriously remembered for its unprecedented ferocity, destruction, and the vast loss of life. But besides the number of casualties - over one third of the total, many of them civilians - WWII also resulted in the rise of the Soviet UNI0N as a military and industrial superpower.


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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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