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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 2 (2011)

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28 January - 3 February
Presents of Light, Love and Blind Beauty
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From THE EDITOR (2) - Editorial
You have to laugh. Of course, we should all probably be a little scared about what the future holds under the current administration, but in the meantime, you gotta laugh at the way they go about it, and their ridiculous reverse psychology rhetoric. They appear to be in the middle of getting rid of the opposition by putting them all in jail, and yet, amid shouts of horror from the EU, Freedom House, and just about all the free world, they shrug their shoulders and say, its not us, its them. Just over a week ago, EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele didnt mince his words when on a visit to Kyiv, saying the tactics currently deployed by Yanukovych and his team were unacceptable, and that such tactics were putting Ukraines EU hopes in serious jeopardy.


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Chornobyl Movie up for an Award - Whats Up?
A movie about the Chornobyl nuclear accident is up for winning Best Movie at the Berlin International Film Festival this year. The film, Innocent Saturday, is a co-production between Ukraine, Russia and Germany, and was shot on location in the town of Prypyat near Chornobyl.
The action starts on 26 April 1986, the day of the disaster, and focuses on a man trying to save his family and friends.


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Herman Calls Freedom House Biased - Whats Up?
Deputy Chief of the Presidents Staff Hanna Herman has called Freedom Houses assessment of the current situation in Ukraine biased after the independent watchdog organisation that ranks countries freedoms downgraded Ukraine from free to partially free.
In a move typical of Soviet-style reverse psychology, she said in an interview with 5 Channel: I think Freedom House has a jaundiced view on Ukraine. What does freedom mean to us now? For us, economic freedom is the ultimate guarantee of freedom.


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Ukrainian Unity Day Hijacked - Whats Up?
Celebrations of Ukrainian Unity Day, honouring the signing of the Act of UNI0N on 22 January 1919 when the Ukrainian National Republic and the Western Ukrainian National Republic formed one state, took place all over Kyiv on Saturday, and all but one were hijacked by the politicians.
The only one that remained neutral took place on Paton Bridge where students and members of the general public formed a human chain across the Dnipro, symbolising unity within the country.


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Lifetime Ban for Ukrainian Referee - Whats Up?
Sticking with the subject of corruption in football, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed an appeal by Ukrainian Referee Oleh Oriekhov against his lifetime ban from football handed down by UEFA for his involvement in match-fixing.
UEFA issued the ruling last year after an investigation into the Europa League match between FC Basel and PFC CSKA Sofia, which Basel won 3-1. At the time UEFA said that Oriekhov had violated the principles of conduct and his duty to disclose illicit approaches after he was offered 50,000 euros to fix the match.


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Scandal over Olympic Stadium Reconstruction - Whats Up?
It would have been exceptionally hopeful to have thought that Ukrainian politicians could host an event as big as EURO 2012 without dipping their hands in the till. And as most people expected, scandals are coming thick and fast in association with the event. First there were claims that the Ukrainian delegation bribed UEFA officials to win the bid, and now Ukrainska Pravda claim companies linked to Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastucture Minister Borys Kolesnikov have been awarded the multimillion reconstruction projects for Kyivs Olympic Stadium uncontested.


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A Sign from the SKAY - Kyiv Culture
There is much that is wrong with Ukrainian show business today: there is an abundance of talentless pop on stages everywhere, there seems to be a never-ending infiltration of sex and scandals, and parties have replaced performances where stars used to pay their dues. With the yin, however, also comes the yang, and, while not often, the heavens open up and give us a sign. That sign is on the cover of a brand new album.


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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.


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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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