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Ukrainian Culture :: a Glimpse into Post-Soviet and Slavic Culture

Ukraine's Culture from a Western standpoint NOTE 1: with minor exceptions these observations are true of Russian culture and, to a lesser degree, of other post-Soviet states.  NOTE 2: This article was written around 2003-2004 and is thus increasingly out of date. A number of readers have written with criticisms of parts of this artlcle. As of late 2014, I have started commenting on the text and showing what has changed in the....

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Observations about Ukrainian Cities, Towns, and Villages

Observations about Ukrainian cities, towns, and villages Written in 2006 As an avid traveler, I have been to virtually all regions of Ukraine on business or leisure and to all oblast capitals except Uzhhorod, Khmelnytskyy, Kherson, and Cherkasy. My travels have brought me to Ukraine's largest cities of a million people and over, to its provincial capitals, to small towns and to villages. The noticeable differences between cities, towns, and villages in Ukraine make it hard to speak of a single....

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Chillin with a Ukrainian Girl

Chillin’ with a Ukrainian Girl This past weekend was not very exciting. I have been recovering my my illness, and I think I had a bout with the flu. The flu made my previous back injuries hurt much more than usual though. I am not ready to exercise yet or do the stairs, but at least I can walk around easily and will go to work today at 530. My school has been closed since the first of the year for a remodel. The school is now almost 4 years old, and needed a new carpet as well as some repairs. I believe a new classroom was....

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Ukraine: Business Culture

Ukraine's Business Culture Written in 2005 Doing business in Ukraine is different from doing business in other countries, especially the U.S., England, Germany, and other northern and central European countries. Here we'll look at what foreign expatriates say about how Ukraine's business culture differs from other countries. Don't be surprised that most of the comments here are negative. Ukraine's culture is not by nature very production-oriented, and it may not be the easiest place to do business,....

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Bureaucracy in Ukraine, Russia, and the Former USSR

Bureaucracy in Ukraine, Russia, and the Former USSR Last update: Aug. 7, 2010 (article created) Foreigners usually have little or nothing to do with Ukraine's infamous bureaucratic system until they try to establish some long-term resident status, personal property, or business activity in Ukraine. With any of these come long lists of documents to be submitted, and it's all up to you to figure out how to get them. Ukrainian bureaucracy: multiple time-consuming trips in person Government....

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