|On the cover|
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 35 (2013)|
27 September - 3 October
Reinventing the Vyshyvanka
We all know and love this traditional Ukrainian garb, but have a look at what some smart folk are doing with it
Just a Minute
Take me out!
|From The (Acting) Editor (35) - Editorial|
An event got me thinking this week. After a long day in the office I finally made it home, unlocked the door to the corridor leading to my apartment and found myself in pitch black. Powercut? No. Electrical failure? No...
The answer, as I fumbled to unlock my door and reach for the nearest light switch, was simple. Someone had taken the light bulb. It’s the third time this year. The first and second times, I dismissed, the third left me annoyed.
A quick poll of my Ukrainian friends proved it is a common scenario. “It’s our mentality,” was the answer. What exactly is that mentality?
Because the post-Soviet Ukrainian personality has so many faces, it’s difficult to define. Security, stability, and conservatism were, in Soviet times, and still are, core values; but at the same time in post-Soviet Ukraine there’s a lack of care about the future.
|This Week in History - Whats Up?|
1 October 1648
The Polish-controlled Kodak Fortress falls to the Cossacks during the Khmelnitsky Uprising (a Ukrainian war of liberation from Poland) after a seven-month siege. The fort capitulated after hearing of Polish defeat at the Battle of Pyliavtsi. Rank and file defenders were massacred or drowned in the river as they left.
|Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?|
Khodimo v kino
Let’s go to the movies.
The Ukrainian love of cinema knows no bounds, therefore it is quite likely you’ll hear this phrase at some point.
|200 Electric Taxis to Commence Operations in Kyiv - Whats Up?|
According to an online report, a taxi company with a difference is about to launch in Kyiv. And what will that difference be? All the cars will be electric. Apparently only a few final bureaucratic details need to be ironed out (shows how much the author of said report knows about life in Ukraine) and the taxis will be on the streets.
The cars, manufactured by Ukrainian company Bio Autos, are 100% electric, have great acceleration, a good top speed, and, very importantly, run almost silently.
|A Record for Rain - Whats Up?|
Kyiv has set another record, and this times it’s not for corruption, but for rain. As you’ve all noticed, it’s not stopped raining for weeks now, and while we’ve all been hoping for the usual Indian Summer, this time round it doesn’t look like there’s going to be one. In fact, forecasters reckon it’s going to keep raining for at least another week, and as we’ve already reached four times the normal rainfall for September and broken the record set exactly 90 years ago, it looks as though this year’s going to take some beating.
|Tax Police Raids Ukrsotsbank - Whats Up?|
On Friday, 20 September, those delightful armed thugs, otherwise know as the Ukrainian Economic Crime Police, raided the central office of Ukrsotsbank in Kyiv following a ruling by a regional court. Which region? No prizes for guessing. Yes, it was hometown to our illustrious leader, Donetsk.
|China to Lease 3 Million Hectares of Ukrainian Farmland - Whats Up?|
That’s what the Chinese media are reporting at the moment, and it’s got to make you wonder (once again) what’s going through the heads of the people running this country.
Apparently China’s Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) has signed an agreement with the Ukrainian government-controlled agricultural firm KSG agro to lease an initial 100,000 hectares in the Dnipropetrovsk Region.
|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.