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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 34 (2012)

34 (2012)/2012
21 September - 27 September
Kyiv Streets Are Full Of Surprises
Take a walk along Khmelnytskoho and get to know the city better


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From THE EDITOR (34) - Editorial
I got to go away last weekend, which was a rare treat. So rare, in fact, that I always end up handing over 850 hryvers to the border guard at the airport because Ive overstayed my 90-day welcome. But this time, having returned from summer holidays a month earlier, I did not have to pay a single cent, penny or kopek in order to get the necessary stamp in my passport. I did, however, get an up close and personal look at the citys brand new Terminal D. 
Massive in its construction, the inside feels enormous, accentuated by the fact ours was the only flight out of the terminal that morning. This allowed for a direct check-in, no lines at security and a straight run through Customs Control (850hrv intact) into the inner sanctum of D.


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This Week in History - Whats Up?
21 September 1812 
The Nikitsky Botanical Garden in Crimea opens to visitors. The garden incorporates a research lab, which is one of the oldest in Ukraine, while its arboretum contains species of trees from all continents. Today, Nikitsky is among the most interesting sightseeing spots in Ukraines south, located just 7km from Yalta.


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Another Step Closer to a Smoke-Free Ukraine - Whats Up?
Smoking is cheap and prolific in Ukraine, and its not a good thing. However, the government is implementing new laws that should help significantly curtail this filthy habit. One important law came into effect on Sunday that bans the advertisement, sponsorship and stimulation of tobacco sales.
The law was passed by the Verkhovna Rada in September last year and was signed by the president on 13 March 2012.


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The Bible Like Youve Never Seen It Before - Whats Up?
Every year, the Lviv Book Forum gathers those paperbacks, hardcovers and manuscript which happen to be in fashion. This year, one of the most anticipated presentations was a Bible with illustrations by Salvador Dali. 
Featuring 105 works by the Spanish surrealist, it is a wonder, and it was apparently Giuseppe Alberetto, Dalis biggest and most devout collector and fan, who came up with the idea.


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Off With Their Heads! - Whats Up?
President Viktor Yanukovych seems to be a little testy these days. That may be something to do with the looming elections, which he's getting a lot of bad press over lately. In reference to his ministers and their political intriguing before 28 October, he said he would tear off their heads if they didnt stop it.


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Animals Released into the Wild - Whats Up?
The State Forest Resources Agency recently released a report concerning the release of animals into the wild. The reasons, however, are a little more iniquitous than you might initially think. 
Apparently, you see, there's a 90-hectare animal park in Crimea that's home to martens, hares, foxes, boars, mouflons and deer, all of which live quite happily there. The park is one of the largest in the land.


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A Local Solution - Whats Up?
Imagine, pesky journalists keep writing not-so-nice things nice about you. What do you do about it? Solution a) Solve the problem and stop doing bad things. Solution b) Get around the problem and make it illegal! Its a simple choice really, especially when you control the very place where new laws are made!


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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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