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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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Top Footballer On Sale For Being Ukrainian - Whats Up?
Following on from Ukrainian national team coach Oleg Blokhin bemoaning the malign influence that foreign zumba bumbas are having on the countrys Premier League, biznezman extraordinaire and moneybags chairman Rinat Akhmetov has placed captain Anatoly Tymoshuk on the transfer list claiming that we have enough Ukrainians in our team. Debonair Donbass oligarch Akhmetov is well known for his love of mercurial mercenary Brazilians and it appears that he finally has had enough of his captains Ukrainianness.


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Worlds Fattest Child is Six Year Old Russian - Whats Up?
Weighing in at just over 95kg six-year-old Russian chubster Dzhambulat Khatokhov is widely regarded as Russias fattest kid and according to his mum, loving every minute of it. Since three years of age the tubby tot has been heralded as the worlds fattest child and shows no sign in letting up. Dzhambulat, who lives in the impoverished South Russian town of Nalchik, is so big that there is little in his house that he hasnt destroyed, with the stairs at his school creaking under his waddle.


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Kyivs Comedy Mayor Gets Thumbs up - Whats Up?
A recent public opinion poll has found that the citizens of the Ukrainian capital are generally pleased with the first few weeks of Leonid Chernovetskys stint as mayor of the capital. And like genteel Jesus himself the God-fearing politician receives most of his support from the meek and the poor. The survey, which was carried out by the snappily named Science and Analytical Centre of Sociology, asked 1200 locals what they thought so far of the devout bankers reign.


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Babushki and Moscow Skins Bash Gays - Whats Up?
Plans to hold a gay pride parade in Moscow were left in tatters last week after vocal opposition and violent demonstrations from a diverse selection of homophobic groups inluding neo-Nazi skinheads, pious babushki moral guardians and, last but not least, Russias leading Islamic cleric. There is still a huge problem in this country, admitted Nikolai Alexeev, organiser of the Pride 06 festival, which was due to kick off on 25 May. Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov denied the application to hold the parade, citing hundreds of letters of protest, and even a number of Russian gay activists have backed away from the spectacle, calling it untimely, dangerous and provocative.


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Hip Hop Honey Opts for the Yulia Look - Whats Up?
Ghetto princess Mary J. Blige is the latest celebrity to adopt the Yulia Timoshenko look, displaying the political temptresses calling card plait on her latest album. Cynics may point out that the bling bling babe is actually going for the Creole hairstyle sported by Southern belles during the eighteenth and first half of the nineteenth century but we at Whats On are convinced that the sultry Mary J. has actually been inspired by Ukraines feisty political firebrand and PM-in-waiting.

 


Fighting Modern Slavery - My Kyiv
A resident of Kyiv for the past five years, Fredric Larsson plays a key role in the fight against human trafficking and slavery. Its a job which brings with it plenty of potential for depression but the Swede is buoyed by his part in making a difference and the free and easy spirit of the Ukrainian capital.

 



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A New Ukrainian Sound - Kyiv Musik
This week sees both 50 Cent and the Black Eyed Peas playing Kyiv, demonstrating that the Ukrainian capital is now very much on the international music map. While attention will focused on these big name arrivals, there is also much to cheer on the domestic music scene as a diverse range of talented new stars emerge and offer a fresh and funky face to the new, democratic Ukraine.


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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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