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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 22

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16 June - 22 JuneSPACE  COWBOY
Jamiroquai Has Landed!

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Religious Maniac Killed in Kyiv Zoo Lions Den - Whats Up?
In a scene straight out of the Old Testament, a local man attempted to prove the power and mercy of God by climbing into the lion enclosure at the Kyiv zoo 4 June. Barmy Ogtay Mahmudov, a 45-year-old man born in Azerbaijan, leapt over the perimeter fencing yelling One who believes in God shouldnt fear lions. They wont touch me! Youll see! But unlike Daniel the lions did touch him. As a matter of fact they mauled him to death though disaster may have been averted had members of the public informed wardens in time.


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Gay Dutch Diplomat and Lover Bashed in Baltics - Whats Up?
Hans Glaubitz, the Dutch Ambassador to Estonia, has resigned from his post citing racist and homophobic abuse directed at his black boyfriend. Glaubitz had represented his country with his younger Cuban partner, Raul Garcia Lao, in Brazil and South Africa without any problems but can no longer stand life in Tallinn;


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Abramovich Sparks Press Freedom Fear - Whats Up?
Having ravaged the remote Arctic region of Chukotka and single handily destroyed the English Premier League, Chelski owner and oligarch Roman Abramovich has set his sights on  his latest target; the Russian free press. Rumour is that the Kremlin poodle has purchased the business daily Kommersant, raising fears that one of the last bastions of press freedom in President Putins private fiefdom could be neutered.


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Russia Protests Kyiv Rabble Rouser Ban - Whats Up?
Sensitive Soviets inside the Russian Foreign Ministry have described the entry ban imposed on several Russian national nationals as unfriendly. One of those covered by the ban is none other than everyones favourite Great Russian Chauvinist and champion of panslavism Vladimir Zhironvsky.


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British Millionaire Buys Bulgarian Town - Whats Up?
Many have questioned the good taste of New Russians over the years, but the antics of one Englishman show that money cannot buy style.  British businessman Scott Alexander has bought an entire Bulgarian coastal resort and plans to rename it after himself.


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World Cup Anthem Mania - Kyiv Trends
Part of the hysteria which goes with qualifying for the World Cup are the plethora of football songs which come to dominate the airwaves just before the big kick off and with Ukraine making their first appearance in the finals, local musicians have been queuing up to give Blokhins Boys their vocal backing.


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Ten Years of Flying High - Kyiv Business
One of the best known and most trusted companies in the world, British Airways celebrated ten years of flying in and out of Ukraine 3 July. Whats On caught up with Nataliya Martynenko, the Financial Director of British Airways Ukraine, to talk about her career and the past, present, and future of the industry.

 

 



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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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