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Tunnelling Towards Hope

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.


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.


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.


Whats Up?

US 'Millionaire Mentor' Arrested

In one of the more peculiar stories to appear recently, a middle-aged American who makes what appears to be a pretty decent living "mentoring" Ukrainians-for $3000 a pop - in how to become millionaires was arrested at the Russian border. Apparently Robert Fletcher, who runs the become-a-millionaire seminars through his company Global Systems Training -was trying to cross into Russia using a false Ukrainian passport on the Kyiv-Moscow train.

The incident throws light into one of the murkier corners of ex-pat culture here in Eastern Europe - the small group foreigners who come to the former Soviet UNI0N to take advantage of what remains of this region's 'Wild East' spirit and profit from whatever prestige their Western 'credentials' give them among naive natives. Fletcher seems to be an industrious fellow, in his own way: the Global Systems Training website indicates that he's involved with a disorienting array of projects here in Ukraine, from the 'Azov Sea Sport and Wildlife Resort' to the Premiere Limousine company that promises to "provide you with a limo at discount prices", and from a Crimean cruise outfit to something called 'Pizza Maximus'. There's also the Premiere' Business Club in Sevastopol, described as one "of the projects of honorary professor, doctor, academic, Millionaire-Mentor Robert Fletcher." Fletcher himself is a chubby chap with double chins, perpetual five o' clock shadow and long, greased-back blond locks that flow off a mostly balding head. His shiny clothes don't fit quite right and he doesn't look like someone who can teach you how to make millions. His website biography describes Fletcher as an Alaska native who grew up working in fisheries and at McDonalds before making a not-fully-explained bundle himself. "Robert reached the millionaire level himself with the help of millionaire mentors and his formula Time, Money, Contacts, Skills/Abilities, Credibility and now teaches others the secrets of millionaires. And he really has lots of experience and knowledge to share. He has 25-years experience in sales and marketing, 20 years in advertising, investing in stocks, business, real estate, during 10 years he was a National Sales Director of the USA, along with this he has been a consultant and adviser for a number of big American companies and made more than 2000 seminars and training." What a 'National Sales Director of the USA' exactly is, the site doesn't explain. Nor does it mention what 'big American companies' Fletcher consulted and advised for. And how, by the way, did Fletcher end up in Ukraine? To find a wife, of course. Subsequently, "He was thinking about retiring to live a quiet family life, but after he communicated with some Ukrainians, they did their best to convince him to become their mentor." There's no word yet on why Fletcher was using a false passport to enter Russia, nor on whether he'll be running his seminars in Kyiv anytime soon - assuming, that is, he remains a free man. The website seems to indicate that the seminars are being held so far in Sumy and Cherkassy, which will presumably soon see a spike in millionaire activity. Meanwhile, local media is reporting that Fletcher's business might have been a pyramid scheme, and that he's been accused in the US of swindling.

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American | 05.11.2010 23:44

We're not done yet aZZ hole.

Kyviv | 02.11.2010 23:09

Is that why the American economy has come down the toilet?

American | 13.10.2010 18:05

Kyviv, its because your government controls everything. Americans do well because we have a free market unlike you. No sense in making America bad because you dont understand capitalism. You just do what you are told and that is all you know how to do.

Kyviv | 06.10.2010 16:52

Many Ukrainians recoil at the idea of American capitalism. I don't think Fletcher would do very good over here. Although there is nothing illegal about Robert Fletcher's approach to financial gain using an invalid passport is a sure way to be deported. Americans do this quite frequently in European countries probably due to excessive freedoms in America.

CPA | 05.10.2010 16:55

I used Robert Fletcher system for quite some time and did relatively well. Obviously there are others that did not do so well. In the current market crisis I really don't think that any multilevel marketing system is going to do very well in to the economy turns around globally. Around the turn of the century when the stock market was going strong people making money. Now the market completely sucks so until that time investors such as myself will have to wait until the opportunity comes around again. People need to invest smart and focus on the long-term rather than immediately returned. I use conventional investing firms now which are a bit more modest and have a lower level of risk involved.

jeff | 22.09.2010 21:12

So is he still in jail?

Mark J. Malvitz | 04.04.2010 21:59

Hello there Eric. Thanks for the encouragement. By the way, 44 is not old, so behave yourself.



Eric | 26.03.2010 04:36

Mark, WTF? what is up Dude? (soooory I forgot you dont cuss) You did a phenomenal job last week man. I really look forward to seeing you compete again. For an old fart, you really kick azz.

Keep the faith Bro and give Martha our best.


Nathan | 20.03.2010 15:32

Hey Passa Mark! Whazzup "Home passa?" :-D I'd sure like to see you wipe the floor up with this lawyer's carcass at the dojo. Great performance last friday. God bless & Cheers!

Mark J Malvitz | 18.03.2010 23:29

Hello there, thank you for forwarding me this link. It's this type of activity that is textbook for these people. I am not familiar with this Weybret fellow or any of his acquaintances. I had never read any of these articles that were published after I had gone on to graduate school. It's probably a good thing that I didn't see them until many years later.

Anyway, although somewhat entertaining and comical in my estimation I feel that what we are encountering here are some seriously bored individuals. Interestingly, what you will find with these folks is that they play a little game of cat and mouse usually with a fake identity and then run off and call the police. I hear that Weybret plays this little game as well, but I am not for certain as I know nothing about him. It's the type of behavior that you would expect of a 12-year-old child with serious mental deficiencies. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us in person face-to-face. I dont play the hide and seek game. Take care, and thanks again. Dr. Mark J Malvitz Ellis

Marty Weybret | 12.03.2010 19:14

Now thats funny! Notice the corny dramatics used by the Lodi News Sentinel Marty Weybret and his side kick reporters are so full of shit. Malvitz didnt leave the San Joaquin Valley in disgrace. He was accepted in graduate school thats why he left the San Joaquin Valley. I enrolled in the exact same degree program that Mark did as we were both accepted at the same time. Mark finished his program a year before I did and went on to earn his second doctoral degree; no doubt, the man is brilliant.

I think Marty Weybret has shit for brains.

I kind of wonder if Marty is from San Francisco or something and thus his delusional hostility against this pastor. Maybe he was molested by a priest when he was a kid or something and has a real stick up his ass. No doubt, the goatee that he wears serves as an extra genital for Marty. Usually when people are as whacked out as Marty, they have some dark, dirty little secret that they are hiding. I know several ex-employees of the Lodi News Sentinel who are working together on a piece about Marty Weybret. This ought to be interesting for Marty.

Advice from an Amway lady | 02.03.2010 01:54

I have been involved selling Amway products for years. We have been set up on a multilevel marketing system since the beginning. I have made some really good money along the way. Almost any and every business venture has some form of multi-levels. It is important to be sure that the profits that are paid out are actually profits made and not simply money made by recruiting people into the company. If there are no actual profits made, then collapse of the company is inevitable. It is important that people do their homework before hopping on board the latest business opportunity whether it be Amway, Shackley, Melaleuca, with the Trump network. Hope this helps.

cece | 02.03.2010 00:25

I read the article on Dr G Wisner and he is my work comp dr at the moment however i really am not too happy with him. If this article is true i am definetly changing drs!

RE: Mark J. Malvitz | 01.03.2010 22:48

Dr. Mark J. Malvitz-Ellis gave an outstanding presentation on depositions, interrogatories, subpoenas and subpoenas duces tecum. He also stated to begin any discovery using methods described in his presentation it is important to serve original documents on the defendant, along with proof of service. Also, any information that is relevant to a particular case and is admissible as evidence can be obtained through discovery. He also stated that anyone can make discovery requests of any party in the lawsuit, as long as the party has filed an answer or other pleading with the court. It is also important to keep in mind that the discovery process is not an endless fishing expedition so it is important to understand the rules of discovery. Hope you all can join us at the next seminar.

J. Allen
Attorney at Law

Former Lodi News Sentinel Employee | 26.02.2010 17:43

Marty Weybret's obsession with this guy is nothing short of bizarre. Kind of makes you wonder what Weybret's sexual preferences are eh?

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    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.

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    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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