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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 1 (2012)

1 (2012)/2012
20 January - 26 January
The Artist 
One of just a handful of films in town for the Evening of French Film Festival
Including a Whats On exclusive chat with the director!


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From THE EDITOR (1) - Editorial
Light the fires, give the dragon a poke (figuratively of course) and get the party started, because come 23 January the Year of the Dragon gets under way. Ive begun this years diatribe with Chinese astrology, and so many of you will no doubt already be onto pg 4 reading about the potential dropped prices of milk or the countrys ongoing gas issue (natural as opposed to that brought on by Tetya Allas cooking). Whether you believe in the stories told by the stars is of course up to you.


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This Week in History - Whats Up?
22 January 1919 
The Ukrainian National Republic and the Western Ukrainian Peoples Republic unite. Since 1999, this has been celebrated as Ukraines official UNI0N Day. Every year, thousands of people create a live chain across Paton Bridge displaying an important association between the two banks of the Dnipro. The biggest chain ever stretched from Kyiv to Lviv, and included more than 3 million people.


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Milk on the Move - Whats Up?
Good news for latte lovers as the price of milk may drop by up to 30% in coming months! However such delight for dairy product devotees will come about only if Russia introduces an embargo on Ukrainian cheese, which some view as unlikely. Such an embargo would certainly not be good for Ukraine in general so if that drop does happen you can be sure that someone somewhere is crying over cut milk!

Ukrainian Inspires Study - Whats Up?
Scientists at the University of California have recently published a paper on preliminary results they found regarding serial killings. While these results may be a far cry from the petty crimes Ukraine faces on a daily basis, Mikhail Simkin and Vwani Roychowdhury have chosen Andriy Chikatilo, The Butcher of Rostov, as their test subject.


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Make More Money Have Babies! - Whats Up?
As people continue to leave the country in droves, largely because those in power are stupid and dishonest, Prime Minister Azarov has decided the answer to the problem of a declining population is to bribe young families to have more children. How very Ukrainian-politician of him!
From now on, the bribes Ukrainians will get for having babies are going up! If its your first child, you will now get 28,830hrv, up 2,700hrv from last year. If youve already got one, then you should blast out a second, because now youll get 57,660hrv, a whopping 5,460hrv more than last year. But if youre looking to hit the jackpot, number three is the one to aim for as for that youll get an incredible 115,320hrv! Almost 11,000hrv more than the year before.


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The Dirtiest of Europe - Whats Up?
We have been a part of some pretty nasty ratings but this next one has us hitting rock bottom. According to the Financial Times, the Ukrainian metropolis is Europes dirtiest city, citing statistics that will have you shaking your head and plugging your nose. One figure has Kyiv inhabitants producing waste ten times that of their body weight every year. Which, if you wanted to add it all up, is a nice, tidy little number around 600kg.


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Gas! - Whats Up?
Were starting this year as we finished last year, with stories about natural gas and its transit through Ukraine. In fact, its impossible to miss it. The headlines are full of tales as it seems the Russian/Ukrainian, Gazprom/Naftogaz debacle is coming to a peak. Theres a headline in Korrespondent saying Gazprom has offered Ukraine $4 billion to buy the Ukrainian gas transit system outright.


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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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