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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 23 (2011)

23 (2011)/2011
24 June - 30 June
Live Life to the Extreme!
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From THE EDITOR (23) - Editorial
Things that make you go hmmmmm. I was in a taxi today, heading to a place that would require us to pass through Moskovska Plosha. Oh God, I thought to myself. Its gonna take forever. Ive now been living in Kyiv for a full five years, and since I first arrived a new flyover at this square has been under construction causing the most horrendous terminal traffic jam. Thats right, for five years! Possibly much longer. I prepared myself for a long wait, but to my jaw-dropping-to-the-floor-and-bouncing astonishment, we sailed right through on the new flyover. Completed! A few weeks back I was in Kaniv for a weekend, and there I found new public docks for ferries being built. Apparently a ferry service used to run from Kyiv to Cherkassy via Kaniv many years ago, but it stopped way back in the early 2000s because the boats were too old and dangerous.


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Battle of the Flags - Whats Up?
Miffed at a recent judgement from the Constitutional Court which forbids the hanging of the Soviet flag alongside the Ukrainian one at official celebrations such as Victory Day, those crazy people in the Communist Party of Ukraine want to stage a referendum on whether the countrys national symbols should be changed.
Not only will we persist in insisting the red flag be mentioned in the Consitution, we will also hold a referendum asking the people whether they approve of changing the national symbols back to those they were before the nationalists got hold of them, said Oleksandr Holub, a deputy of the Communist Party of Ukraine.


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Azarov Says No Rise in Gas Prices Any Time Soon - Whats Up?
And good for him! At a meeting last Friday evening with Vice President of the World Bank Philippe Le Houerou and World Bank Regional Director for Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine Martin Raiser, Azarov said that Ukraine would not evade the international increase in prices on oil and food, but any increase in domestic gas prices is not in question so far.


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Jurassic Aqua Park for Kyiv - Whats Up?
Kyivs very first aqua park is set to open 1 July in Obolon, and its creators claim it will be one of the biggest covered aqua parks in Europe with an area of 25,000 square metres. The concept behind the park will be pre-historic with dinosaurs and flora and fauna from the Jurassic period, which we reckon the owners must have selected as a way to cash in on the famous movie.


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Exchange Students to the US Still at Risk - Whats Up?
The US State Department acknowledges that one of its most popular exchange programmes leaves foreign students vulnerable to exploitation, and its thought that new regulations will do little to stop abuses, according to an Associated Press report.


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Case of British Businessmans Suspicious Death to be Reopened as Murder - Whats Up?
Police have reopened an inquiry into the death of a British businessman in Kyiv in February 2008 following pressure from his family who are deeply concerned over his internet bride's claims to his estate.
Barry Pring, 47, was dragged 30 metres along a deserted dual carriageway by a car having just celebrated his first anniversary with Anna Zuizina, 29, an ex-stripper whom he met on the internet. At the time, police called it a hit-and-run, and the case was closed last year when no new evidence had come to light.
But his family, who believes he was executed by a contract killer, has kept the pressure on, and finally, after British Foreign Secretary William Hague got involved, Ukrainian police have reopened the investigation and have said it is very close to becoming a murder inquiry.


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Jabbering While Jabbin - Ukraine Abroad
After much delay and posturing, British boxer David Haye will finally fight the world heavyweight champion Volodymyr Klichko on 2 July. It brings Ukraine and Britain together in the biggest sporting contest between the two nations ever staged. Ukraines sporting icon wants to record his 50th win in Hamburg, whereas Haye wants to claim the scalp of a boxing king. Its been billed as the biggest match in years, with 150 countries tuning in. The tense exchanges between the two fighters have added fuel to the fire. Adrenalin pumping, Whats On previews the fight.


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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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