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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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Whats Up?

Controversy Surrounding Mandelsons Trip to Ukraine

Britains most shady political figure, Peter Mandelson, is at the centre of another scandal in the British press, and this time its around his all-expenses paid trip to Ukraine to give a speech at an event organised by Donbass oligarch Rinat Akhmetovs Foundation for Effective Governance (lets say that once again in case you missed the irony, Akhmetovs Foundation for Effective Governance).

No one will be overly surprised by the allegations surrounding Mandelsons visit to Ukraine, as the former Labour Party MP was twice forced to resign from cabinet positions amid accusations of corruption.
While both Mandelson and Akhemtov vehemently deny the latter paid the former a hefty appearance fee, rumours that Mandelson is about to trade up to an 8 million pound house (around $13 million) in London have encouraged people to start asking from wheres hes getting the money. 
Mandelsons effusive speech at the event in question, which took place on 16 June in Kyiv, have led many observers to comment that it sounded like he was advertising Ukraine as a place to do business. As a British and European politician, I have come to admire your country, he declared. Ukraine needs to be put on the map where it is, its people, beauty and its landscape and coastline.
After listening to the speech, one observer commented: Lord Mandelsons remarks seemed like a pitch for business in Ukraine. You felt he was saying he could help us do this.
According to a report in the British Daily Mail, a source close to the event organisers suggested that the Labour peer had demanded and received a considerable appearance fee. We are talking about a heavy load here not easily met by just anyone, the insider is quoted as saying.
Lord Mandelson insisted he had not received a fee, but admitted his travel costs had been covered by the hosts. The Foundation for Effective Governance concurred: We assisted in sorting out Mandelsons travelling logistics and his accommodation, which is a normal arrangement when foreign speakers are invited. And that is indeed the case, but then, wheres Lord Mandelson (a man whos been accused of dipping his hand in the till and providing services to wealthy businessmen in return for financial gain on more than one occasion in the past) getting the money for the $13 million dollar home?
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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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