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[6 Aug 2009]

Leonid Chernovetsky, Kiev's Mayor, has been rather legendary for his odd behavior. Nicknamed "Cosmos" by the media due to his odd behavior and strange, other-worldly gaze, the Mayor has cemented his strange reputation recently by announcing his financial plans for the city. His budget-raising plans include charging anyone, from politicians wanting to discuss city planning, to media outlets looking for a photo opportunity up to $100,000 for a meeting and over $11,000 to meet with his ministers. The Mayor has also announced his intention to auction historical buildings and monuments and the city’s fleet of official vehicles. Building off his strange behavior in the past, including feats of athleticism to prove his mental and physical health to the local media, fist-fighting with a rival during his period as a member of Parliament and firing the director of the Kiev Zoo after he decided that the director had failed to find a female for the male elephant in the attraction. Mr. Chernovetsky has recently released an album of covers of popular Russian songs from the 1980’s (album art pictured) and ran for President of Ukraine in 2004.  

Best Places in Ukraine »

[5 Aug 2009]

The picturesque street is named after the beloved Poet Alexander Pushkin. Pushkinska Street, or alternately Pushkinskaya Street, has retained a lot of the charm that it had 100 years ago, mixed with the bustling business of Kiev’s downtown. Many Russian and Ukrainian cities have a Pushkinska street. Due to the influx of tourism and business to the city, Pushkinskya Street has become one of the busier streets in Downtown Kiev. Some of the most luxurious apartments, hotels and restaurants are prominently located on Pushkinska Street including the Premier Palace Hotel and Sumosan Restaurant. Vinnytsya, Pushkin Street № 38. Built by architect V.P.Listovichiy.   Pushkinska Street in the Winter   The Premier Palace Hotel on Pushkinska Street   Pushkinska Street