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Tunnelling Towards Hope
|28 February - 6 March 2014|
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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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.
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.
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.
|What's On Archive ¹ 46|
15 December - 21 December
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|From THE EDITOR - Editorial|
Most readers probably missed the recent Champions League tie with Real Madrid. With the Spanish giants already through to the next round and Dynamo long since eliminated, it was hardly edge of the seat stuff. For the record Kyiv threw away a two-goal lead to draw the match, bringing to an end what has been an appalling campaign. In many ways a later press conference proved more interesting than the match itself, and served to illustrate one of the worst trends dogging today’s Ukraine. Facing an understandably hostile press pack under-fire trainer Demyanenko moaned that he’d told the team how to play time and again but they simply didn’t listen. What more could he do? In other words, it was one more classic example of the age-old Ukrainian refrain which you often hear when something goes wrong in this part of the world, namely, ‘It wasn’t my fault’. Rather than try and work out how to resolve problems, the instinct seems to be to cry ‘not my mistake’ as loud as possible. The speed with which many people in Kyiv rush to detach themselves from any responsibility in this manner is truly stunning, and highlights the lack of accountability that hampers so many aspects of the country’s development. Seeing the head coach and leader of the country’s top team doing just that was both ironic and tragic in its way. Here is a role model to millions of Ukrainians and a man who should be a leading example of team spirit and responsible management, but he chooses to excuse himself on national TV and effectively blame his colleagues. The real shame here is that it came as no big surprise, but it would be nice to see people taking responsibility for solving problems instead of disowning them.
|Ukrainian Boffin’s Weight Loss Plate! - Whats Up?|
A Ukrainian scientist from Zaporyzhzhya University has come up with a novel device guaranteed to help you slim up prior to the big festive season feast – a plate that jive talks back to you if you’re in danger of overeating! This miraculous talking plate is connected to a miniature computer and not only shouts abuse at little piggies but also offers loud, aggressive music if it senses that you are gulping your meal down in too much of a hurry. Those less comfortable with such public displays can take advantage of a special belt that master inventor Dr. Gregory Chausovsky has adapted which indicates just when you’ve eaten enough. ‘The human body tends to recognise that it is full only twenty to thirty minutes after you start eating, meaning that you have plenty of time to overeat in between. This belt addresses that problem,” the Dnipro genius explained. Dr. Chausovsky is also the man behind the famous musical condom, which regular readers will remember promised to offer musical accompaniment to moments of intimacy, with steadily quickening beats as lovers moved towards their thunderous climax. He claims not to have made a penny from the project. (Fakty newspaper)
|Post-Soviets Remembering the 1991 Collapse - Whats Up?|
The Soviet leaders responsible for the disintegration of the largest empire in world history marked the fifteenth anniversary of the collapse of the USSR last week with a number of public statements commending themselves for having done the right thing. Boris Yeltsin called the break-up inevitable, stating ‘All empires in history have ceased to exist. It’s a process that was predetermined for the USSR too .” The legendary boozer added that he could sympathise with those who missed the old days. “I spent my whole life in the USSR so the nostalgia remains. But we must not forget the lack of freedoms that existed under the old system.” In Georgia the former Soviet foreign minister argued, “Mikhail Gorbachev acted like a real hero then. He could have led a counter-revolution and stayed in power through bloodshed, but he did not do that. Any delays in the Soviet collapse could have led to unpredictable tragic events that would have affected the entire world immediately.” Meanwhile a poll in Moscow showed that 53% of Russians regarded the end of the USSR as a mistake.
|The Latest International UkrFootball Transfer News - Whats Up?|
It looks increasingly like Andriy Shevchenko’s days at Chelski are numbered after the hitman admitted that his style of play did not fit in with the way manager Jose Mourinho wants the side to perform. “I feel at home at Chelsea and it feels like its been my club for a long time but unfortunately my game doesn’t suit Mourinho. Everyone is writing about me being sent on loan to Milan. I still haven’t discussed this question with the management but they probably haven’t reached a decision themselves, If it happens, I am ready to pack my bags.” The sixty million dollar man has been a disappointment since his early summer move, and has struggled amid accusations of being unfit, poorly motivated and slow. Meanwhile his Ukrainian strike partner Andriy Voronin is being lined up by Scottish outfit Celtic, who look set to swoop during the January transfer window. The striker is currently with German side Leverkusen, but is known to fancy a fresh challenge and is thought to be attracted by the chance of headlining with big hitters Celtic. Back in Ukraine the managerial merry go round continued with the appointment of former Porto trainer Co Adriaanse as the new coach of Metalurg Donetsk. He replaces Spaniard Angel Alonso Herrera. New boy Adriaanse has form, having previously managed Ajax as well as AZ Alkmaar.
|Yanukovich’s New Colony - Whats Up?|
Rumour has it that Prime Minister Yanukovich is about to embark on an ambitious personal project to reinvigorate the economy of his ancestral village in Belarus, Yanuki. The plan, thought to involve the voluntary immigration into Belarus of relatives and others bearing the Yanukovich surname, will lead to the creation of a milk processing plant and the importation of a grand total of 300 Yanukoviches. This Yanu colony story in the village of Yanuki is the latest bizarre tale linking the Ukrainian strongman PM with Europe’s last dictatorship. Reports stated that during the Holodomor national memorial services two weeks ago he was unable to perform his duties as Prime Minister as he was in Belarus, allegedly on a hunting trip. (Segodnya newspaper)
|Beckham Meets Idol - Whats Up?|
Little-known English footballer David Beckham met his childhood hero Maxim Veres on 6 December while in Ukraine for the Real Madrid vs. Dynamo Kyiv Champions League tie, fulfilling a long time ambition to be photographed with the Slavic legend. Beckham, who is a self-confessed lifelong follower of the Ukrainian modelling industry, admitted that meeting Veres, the top man over at Karin Model Management, was one of the highlights of his career in international football. Veres, who is said to prefer Cristiano Ronaldo on the right of midfield to Beckham, was happy to oblige, commenting that the former Manchester United star could try his hand at modelling once he decides to hang his boots up.
|Honouring Defenders of Free Speech - Ukraine Today|
The Ukrainian capital will soon play host to a new monument dedicated to Georgy Gongadze and all the other journalists to have paid with their lives for pursuing the truth in independent Ukraine. But while media freedom has widely been cited as one of the major gains of the Orange Revolution, there are worrying signs that the bad old days may be about to return.
|Rights We Didn’t 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 don’t understand the meaning of these words.
| Kyiv Culture|
Located on Hrushevskoho Street – the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades – children’s 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. What’s On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.