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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 21

21/2006
9 June - 15 JuneUKRAINE  UNITED!
Blokhin's Boys Carry Hopes of the Nation Cup

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First Ever Miss Chechnya Crowned in Grozny - Whats Up?
The long suffering people of war torn breakaway Russian province Chechnya had something to cheer 27 May when the capital hosted the first ever 'Miss Chechnya' beauty pageant. Although strictly speaking a Muslim republic, Chechnya shares many of the dyevushka traditions to be found across the former Soviet UNI0N, but intermittent warfare has prevented the establishment of the kind of beauty industries commonly found elsewhere in ex-Soviet Republics.


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Blokhin Promises Players Wives Sexy Semis - Whats Up?
Ukraines football manager Oleg Blokhin has promised his players a little bit of loving should they reach the semi-finals of this years World Cup. The champion of the politically incorrect revealed to slavering journalists at a press conference that Shevchenko and the rest of the boys would be allowed back to see their wives for a quick pick-me-up if and only they reach the final four. If they dont want to go back and see their wives Ill drag the miscreants to them myself chuckled the randy rogue.


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Surkis Hits Out at Poor State of Domestic Game - Whats Up?
Likeable oligarch and head of the Ukrainian football federation Hryhory Surkis has slammed the rotten state of Ukrainian football. The level of competition in our country reminds me of a piece of Swiss cheese full of holes caused by rigged matches pouted the Kuchma supporter, well pleased with himself at having used the worst simile in the history of football. Pretty soon, any administrator will be able to take over coaching. They are the ones deciding everything beforehand he added.


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Russian Opposition Thrown into Asylums - Whats Up?
In a throwback to Soviet times, Russians who cross the powerful are increasingly being hustled into mental asylums, meddling human rights activists say. For example Albert Imendayev collected the signatures he needed to run for the legislature last autumn in the city of Cheboksary on the banks of the Volga. He would have made the ballot had it not been for one thing: he was hauled off to a mental asylum.


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British Political Leader Claims KGB Link - Whats Up?
The leader of Britain's Conservative party David Cameron says he believes KGB agents may have tried to recruit him during his gap year. In an interview for BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs he told how suspect agents "interrogated" him in Yalta in what may have been a recruitment drive. The suspected KGB approach from Russian intelligence came while he was traveling in his year out between school and university. He went to Yalta where two Russians speaking "perfect English turned up on a beach mostly used by foreigners.


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Fashionable Football Fan - My Kyiv
A dandy on the high street and a tough tackling opponent on the pitch, fashion designer Viktor Anisimov is a man for whom the World Cup cant start soon enough. The well-groomed Donetsk native has even started a football themed clothing brand called WAWA with friend and Dynamo star Vladislav Vaschuk.


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Football Teams in Politics - Humor
People tend to view footballs national sides through a lens of long established stereotypes and perceptions. With this in mind Whats On pundit Stuart Allen sets out to investigate which teams in this World Cup most resemble Ukraines beloved politicians in terms of style, mentality, and down right dirty tactics.


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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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