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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 12 (2012)

12 (2012)/2012
6 April - 12 April
Who Let The Dogs Out?
The world of pick-up and all of its dirty little secrets 


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From THE EDITOR (12) - Editorial
I signed up to become a member of Avazz, a campaigning community, a couple of years ago. I cant remember exactly what it was they were petitioning, but I do remember feeling quite strongly about it, and so signed the appeal and sent it off. I never heard back as to whether our names, electrically initialled somewhere in the ether, were able to win the battle they were fighting. And to be honest, I didnt give it much thought. I simply went about my life much as I had before becoming a member of this human rights organisation. Over the days and months that followed, I continued to receive emails about saving the rainforests, turning round the legislation for LGBT and ending the war on drugs.


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This Week in History - Whats Up?
8 April 1847
Taras Shevchenko and Mykola Kostomarov are arrested as members of The Brotherhood of Saints Cyril and Methodius, an organisation formed two years before. Revitalising the Ukrainian spirit is its main goal. 

12 April 1912
Plast, a Ukrainian scouts organisation, is founded by Dr Tysovskyt of the Lviv Academic Gymnasium. By 1913, the first handbook is published and groups all over Ukraine appear. Unlike scouts in other parts of the world, those here in Ukraine embrace many nationalist ideas.


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Tymoshenko Escapes - Whats Up?
Or, shed very much like to. Rather, Ukrainian authorities have agreed to allow the former prime minister treatment for her on-going back condition outside the prison walls. When German and Canadian doctors examined her last month, they concluded that she was suffering from extreme back pain and required urgent medical attention in a place that could provide adequate care. Looks like thats going to happen after all.

Red Ribbon Soon to be Cut - Whats Up?
The Kyiv City Administration (KMDA) have been making more sweet promises about our airports, promising a brand new terminal at Zhulyany! Vice-chairman of KMDA, Anatoliy Golubchenko, spilled the beans over the weekend about this new terminal, saying, This renovated Kyiv airport will take in charter flights, and that all of the UEFA family will be greeted in this airport.


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Saved by Crumbs - Whats Up?
Our authorities have announced that a rather generous gift is waiting this spring for all those living on the bread line, and were equally excited that were able to spread the good word. So just what is it thats got the country buzzing? An increase to the countrys minimum wage! The raise will dance to the tune of 21hrv, making the total monthly salary received a whopping 1094hrv! Goodness, what generosity!


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A Forced Guilty Plea - Whats Up?
What is going on in this country? Women are being raped, beaten and burned; social injustices keep the countrys citizens in jail for the wrong reasons and now this famous Ukrainian musician, Ihor Zavadsky, is charged with paedophilia and beaten for a confession. 
Zavadsky has a reputation for spoiling his students, at least thats whats being said at the moment. A little pampering cannot and should not be considered the same as acting inappropriately, however. And yet, thats not the way our authorities have chosen to view this case. 
Taken in for questioning, the famous accordionist was forced to confirm his guilt in a rather severe way. Apparently, his attorney, Eugenia Zakrevska, was not allowed to speak to him when he was first arrested.


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Keeper Crisis - Whats Up?
Well this isnt looking good. Unless that is, youre an England fan in which case, its looking both good, and strangely familiar. Those football fans among you will be aware of Englands epidemic in recent years in the matter of goalkeepers even going into the 2010 World Cup with no fixed first-choice keeper. And now, Ukraine is getting a taste of that feeling.


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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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