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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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From THE EDITOR (4) - Editorial
I was lucky enough to be invited to the house of a new acquaintance at the weekend for Sunday brunch with him and his wife and a few other people (the ex-pat community here really is very nice). Hes only been in Ukraine nine months, and before that he was in Moscow. Of course, the conversation came up regarding how they were enjoying their time here in Kyiv. He and his wife both said they were liking it very much that the people are very friendly, the traffic light, restaurants very reasonably priced and service good. Now its an interesting thing that people who come here directly from the West can find many things difficult about the place. For example, while they will find people friendly in a social situation, they are more likely than not to complain about bad manners and rudeness on the street; theyre not likely to use the word light when talking about the traffic; and they're more likely to complain about overpriced eateries in the city and bad service.


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Backdoor EU Citizenships for Zakarpatia - Whats Up?
This year Hungary adopted a new law making it exceptionally easy for tens of thousands of Ukrainian citizens living in the Zakarpatia region of Ukraine to get a Hungarian passport, and already thousands have applied.
All one has to be able to demonstrate to get a new Hungarian (read EU) passport is a lack of criminal convictions, a basic knowledge of Hungarian, and Hungarian ancestry. And for the last on the list one can go way back as far as the 1920s apparently.
Officially, Zakapartia contains around 150,000 ethnic Hungarians, but with such loose requirements many more who would consider themselves of a different ethnicity will be eligible for a Hungarian passport. 
Quite why Hungary has decided to do this, were not sure, but its most likely due to a diminishing demographic.


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Ukrainian Deported from the US for Nazi Ties - Whats Up?
A US immigration judge has ordered a Ukrainian man deported from the country because he assisted in the Nazis persecution of Jews in Ukraine during WWII.
John Kalymon, now 89 years old, was stripped of his US citizenship in 2007 after a judge found him guilty of helping to round up Jews in Lviv while he served in the Ukrainian Auxilliary Police.
Documents shown during his trial include a handwritten note by Kalymon in which he admits to having killing one Jew and wounding another during an operation.


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Culture and Manners for Ukraines Police - Whats Up?
A University of Culture for police has opened in the Sumy region of Ukraine with the aim of educating the nations police in cultural and esthetic aspects of life as well as raise their moral and spiritual wellbeing.
The lectures are to include meetings with poets, musicians, artists and other cultured people in order that classes demonstrate the practical implications of such things.
 


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50 Fan Embassies for Euro 2012 - Whats Up?
According to First Deputy Chairman of the State Service for Youth and Sports, Serhiy Hlushchenko, Ukraine will have up to 50 fan embassies set up for 2012 to help fans visiting for the football find out information on the tournament, and on the cities in which they find themselves.
Fan embassies will be set up in each of the four host cities, he said, going on to say that the number in each city will vary depending on which teams will play there, and there will be more in Kyiv for the final.


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Moldova Ahead of Ukraine for EU Membership - Whats Up?
The European UNI0N, especially President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, has shown its outrage at the current Ukrainian administration's selective use of the criminal justice system in order to do away with political opposition in no uncertain terms.
Obviously extremely put out by the fact Yulia Tymoshenko had not been allowed to fly to Brussels to meet with him because the Ukrainian Prosecutors Office had said she might use the trip to escape pending criminal prosecutions, his reaction was somewhat humourous in its bluntness and insult when he said Ukraine was no longer the priority prospect for EU membership in the region, and instead Moldova was the front-runner.


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Breitz, Captured - Kyiv Culture
Having come to Kyiv to launch an unprecedented project entitled You+Me, Candice Breitz has opened the doors to an incredibly accommodating venture with Ukrainian artists. The offer was made with any enterprisingly creative individual, that he who shaped a likeness of her, in any medium, form or method, would then have the opportunity to display that work at the ever-industrious Pinchuk Art Centre; alongside her own exhibition of video and photographic pieces of course.


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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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