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Tunnelling Towards Hope
|28 February - 6 March 2014|
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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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.
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.
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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|From THE EDITOR - Editorial|
Have you heard the joke about the Ukrainian Black Sea Fleet having two ships and three admirals? Or the one about three Ukrainians producing two Hetmen and one traitor? So it should come as no surprise that we now appear to have one country and two heads of state. I am referring, of course, to the current flow of contradictory messages that are emanating from the helm of the good ship Ukraine courtesy of the country’s two Viktors, who share a first name but apparently little else. One minute we’re on course for NATO membership and then all of a sudden we’re not, but actually we are, and so forth. The two of them have taken to publicly airing their differences over issues as diverse as benefits for new mothers and foreign policy direction, creating the impression that the country is listing dangerously while they squabble about who should be in overall control. Clearly this state of affairs cannot go on forever, and you’ve got to wonder how soon it will be before the decisive moment is reached. When that happens it would be a brave man who would predict that the Euro-optimists will come out on top, but at least we’ll all know where we are at. Ukraine may well be the ‘neither here nor there’ borderland to beat all borderlands, but having two would-be heads of state contradicting each other publicly is too ridiculous for words, however richly ironic it may be.
Cheers, Peter Dickinson, Editor
|Kyiv to get Official Anthem - Whats Up?|
The good folk over at city hall have decided that the only thing missing in the Ukrainian capital is an oficial anthem, and they aim to rectify this fault in time for City Day celebrations in 2007! Kyiv officials announced a competition last week for an official anthem, setting the deadline for 1 May 2007. Many Soviet-era tunes are associated with the Ukrainian capital such as the oft-heard ‘Yak Tebe Ne Lubiti, Kieve, Miy’ (How not to love you, my Kyiv) but none has ever been given official status, leaving the way open for a new tune to be played on all public holidays and other suitable occasions. It is assumed that the anthem will be in Ukrainian, although Russian and even English language efforts are also welcome. (www.obzor.in.ua)
|Army Veteran’s Old Bullet - Whats Up?|
A Red Army veteran from the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk had a surprise when he went to local doctors complaining of headaches – following X-rays they removed a WWII bullet from his skull! Mihail Kabalin was shot in the head while crossing the Desna river near Kyiv during the 1943 reconquest of Ukraine, but he has spent the past 63 years believing that the bullet was extracted at the time by field doctors of the Red Army. Instead the inch-long object remained lodged in his head, and doctors believe it must have recently moved, causing the headaches. After a successful operation to remove the bullet Kabalin boasted of having his best night’s sleep in years. He plans to now wear the bullet on a chain for luck. “After all, I would call it lucky to be shot in the head and yet still live another 63 years and have four wonderful children!” (Daily Mail)
|New Linguistic Scandal - Whats Up?|
Restaurants and nightlife venues around Kyiv are considering introducing blanket bans in the use of the dialect known as Diaspora Ukrainian in a bid to prevent further bloodshed following a spate of ‘diaspora rage’ incidents that have left five Canadian citizens hospitalised and one theme restaurant facing a staffing crisis after a mass walk-out. The use of heavily-accented Ukrainian learned in North America is being widely blamed for a recent deterioration in expat-Kyivite relations, as locals respond angrily to this specific linguistic conundrum with claims that it is hard to understand, sounds silly and is downright irritating. It is thought that the ban will be informally imposed by staff who will resort to speaking exclusively in English or Russian when confronted by offenders while making out that they don’t understand. (Staff Writers)
|Surprise at Ani’s Wedding News - Whats Up?|
The Kyiv chattering classes were in a frenzy last week when long-time loner Ani Lorak suddenly announced plans to marry. The sexy singer, famed for her perfect midriff and failure to win the country’s 2005 Eurovision nomination, had previously been locked into a ten-year contract that expressly banned her from marriage, but it seems that all that is now long forgotten. Lorak, real name Karolina (read it backwards and you get her stage name!) is set to tie the knot with Murat, a dashing a young Turk from Antaliya whom she met while on her summer holiday. Gorgeous little Lorak had previously been the subject of constant media speculation and has been romantically linked to a wide range of local stars and kingmakers, notably Kuchma-era head of the Presidential Administration Viktor Medvedchuk and both Klitschko brothers, but she surprised everyone by opting for someone outside of the Ukrainian society set entirely. Turn to page 35 for more on Kyiv’s most talked-about couple! (Staff Writers)
|Monsters of Rock - Headliner|
Pioneers of heavy metal and an inspiration to aspiring rock musicians the world over, Deep Purple is one of the most prolific, longest-lived and hard working groups in the history of music. The band cut a swathe through the 1970s rock scene thanks to their heavy riffs and since getting back together around a decade a day, continue show the youngsters how rock and roll should be done.
|An Intellectual Peruvian Approach - Diplomatic Service|
Since setting up her country’s embassy ten months ago, Peruvian Ambassador Mrs. Liliana Torres-Muga has become an integral part of the Kyiv diplomatic scene. An intellectual heavyweight, Her Excellency nevertheless understands that academic ability is not enough in her sphere of life, both on the work and domestic front.
|Rights We Didn’t 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 don’t understand the meaning of these words.
| Kyiv Culture|
Located on Hrushevskoho Street – the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades – children’s 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. What’s On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.