|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 21|
8 June - 14 June
Rising UkrPop Starlet Maya Miygal on Girl Groups, Kyiv Beauty and Her Love for Truhaniv Island
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|From THE EDITOR - Editorial|
Mr. Putin embarked on an-I other bout of textbook Cold War distortion in the run-up to this week's G8 summit in Germany, condemning Ukrainian democracy before accusing the West of terrible human rights abuses. This sort of subterfuge is exactly what we should expect from comrade Putin, who makes no secret of his KGB past and revels in the role of standing up to the dreaded West. Soviet operatives were always encouraged to deny everything and make direct counter-accusations, which pretty much sums up Putin's approach to international relations these days. No wonder the man is so popular in Russia, where the losses of the past fifteen years have been positively cataclysmic and the world view of most of the population remains stuck in the heady days of superpower status. They revel in Putin's well-worn tactics of moral relativism and delight as he points a finger at perceived Western hypocrisy and declares, 'you're no better'. This anti-Western bravado goes hand in hand with Russia's resurgent as-sertiveness in the former imperial lands lost in 1991, a loss that few Russians have ever come to terms with. In retrospect one of the biggest historic mistakes Soviet Russia made was paying lip service to the illusion of independence for the various non-Russian Soviet Republics. This pseudo-statehood afforded by the Kremlin may well have been an ideological necessity in the days when such things appeared to matter, but it has proved a strategic folly that cost Russia heavily when the empire collapsed under its own weight and the de facto colonies gained independence, albeit almost by accident. Ukraine, as the largest colony in terms of population and with huge agricultural and industrial wealth, probably gained the most. The fact that so many Ukrainians are to all extents and purposes Russified makes the current push for western integration all the more painful. It is in many ways the biggest slap in the face most Russians can imagine. The Baltics and Stans are one thing, runs the logic, but Ukraine is part of the Russian heartlands. When viewed from that perspective it is hardly surprising that the Russians should be so resentful of Ukraine's gradual emergence as an international player in its own right, nor should Kyiv leaders expect any favours from the Eurasian giant. It would be nice, however, to think that one of the messages the G8 leaders will enforce at this week's summit will be the need for Mr. Putin to match his democracy talk with a firm commitment to stay well out of the coming Ukrainian election campaign. The Western powers may well be wary of getting too deeply entangled in Ukraine's messy internal politics, but the least they can do is make sure that Russia also abstains from throwing its considerable weight into the fray.
|Interior Troops Under Fire - Minister Rushed to German Hospital - Whats Up?|
The under−fire Ukrainian Interior Minister Vasil Tsushko remained in Germany this week receiving medical treatment for an alleged heart attack amid calls for him to face disciplinary action following violent clashes in Kyiv at both the Prosecutor General’s office and the Ukrainian cup final which were blamed on Berkut special forces troops brought to the capital from regions where alle− giance to Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich remains strong. Former collective farm boss and Moroz loyalist Tsushko has played a key role in the long−run− ning power confrontation between President Yushchenko and PM Yanukovich, and appears to have brought matters to a boil in the last week of May when he ordered troops from Dnipropetrovsk to defend the Prosecutor General’s of− fice against troops sent by President Yushchenko to take possession of the building following the dismissal of then Prosecutor General Svetislav Piskun.
|Crimean Tartars Threaten Moscow Response to Proposed Russian Empress Monument - Whats Up?|
Plans to erect a new monument to Russian Em− press Katherine the Great in Crimea provoked anger among Crimean Tartars last week, with Tartar leaders promising to build a counter− monument in Moscow on Red Square to Tartar leader Devlet Girey, who twice took and sacked the Russian capital in the late Middle Ages. The new monument to Katherine the Great, during whose reign the Crimea was incorporated into the Russian empire, is particularly politically charged at a time when Crimea’s Tartar major− ity are increasingly looking to reassert their an− cestral rights in lands they were deported from by Stalin’s order of May 1944 for alleged col− laboration with the German occupation forces.
|Free Speech King Savik Shuster to End ICTV Reign - Whats Up?|
The reign of ICTV’s ‘Free Speech’ TV host Savik Shuster will come to an end on 8 June as the presenter leads the debate on his last broadcast before departing to Inter channel, where he will continue with his sporting and political commen− tating. Shuster’s hugely popular and authoritative ‘Free Speech’ live evening show emerged during Ukraine’s orange awakening and has featured many of the leading political figures of the Ukrai− nian power structures and regularly attracted re− cord viewers, becoming a symbol of the new free− dom enjoyed by the Ukrainian media in the wake of the Orange Revolution. The show’s format fea− tured a studio audience reacting to the at times highly charged debate between members of the rival political elite groups and leading commenta− tors, with the hottest topics of the day always at the top of the agenda and no punches pulled as arguments rage and political forces clash head on. Shuster has developed a formidable style of managing the various competing factions without ever seeming to adopt a partisan approach, although his obvious support for liberal human rights principles and disdain for hard−line Russian authoritarian approaches has been evident on a number of occasions along with his razor sharp wit and well−honed sense of humour.
|The 5th Annual VIP Crimean Billiard Tournament - Coming Soon|
‘Golden Cue Koktebel’, Koktebel Winery, 23-24 June
This annual billiard tournament taking place in the Koktobel winery under the heat of the Crimean sun proves very popular amongst VIPs who seem to have a general aptitude for the craft. The competitors will battle it out for the 6,000 USD prize that will be shared among the first three, and the outright winner will walk away with the exclusive Golden Cue carved from three types of wood (hornbeam, ebony and amboynas).
|Freedom with George! - Coming Soon|
George Michael in concert, Olympic Stadium (55 Chervonoarmiyska), 9 July at 19.00
The legend that is George Michael is com− ing to town for the very first time as part of his world tour. Starting out way back in the mid−80s as part of the hit−making machine Wham that had lads and lass− ies all over the world waking up to Go− Go, George is now something of a global phenomenon. With a string of hit singles as a solo artist and two Grammies under his belt, you can rest assured he will put on a show−and−a−half, a real high−tech extravaganza! Tickets are 150−5000hrv. For more information call 501−2520.
|Clubbing Kyivites Prepare for the Giant of Trance - Coming Soon|
Tiesto in concert, International Exhibition centre (15 Brovarsky pr.), 26 June at 22.00
Tiesto, one of the world’s most famous trance and electronica DJs, is coming to Kyiv to promote his new project called ‘Elements of Life’. Best known for being the first DJ to play live at the Olympics Games Opening Ceremony, he has been voted the best DJ in the world three times running in DJ magazine, and is renowned for his seminal production credits. For booking call 287−87−87.
|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.