The impression of an American friend living in Kyiv

The impression of an American friend living in Kyiv:

“Ordinary people in this country are sweet. But every professional I encounter is a walking criminal enterprise.

Its like the french had their revolution so that they could act like effete totalitarians, and the Ukrainians got their independence so that they could act like fucking Boyars. 

You can take the peasant out of the manor but you cant take the peasant out of the peasant.

Its not that the governments is more corrupt than the american, its that the culture of the east remains a peasant culture. 

Its a purely predatory society. 

Argh.”

Lviv is nobler. But is there enough nobility? And will the youth aspire toward nobility or toward hooliganism.

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  1. Ed K

    It was said, “Its not that the governments is more corrupt than
    the american, its that the culture of the east remains a peasant
    culture.”

    I would say that the referred to peasant culture is not the peasant
    culture before the Soviets.

    Grasp that most community leaders and those that respected freedom
    were killed by the Soviets.

    After years of Soviet domination few remained who understood the
    old village hierarchical ways are rare.

    What you have left is domination by those who can get away with
    thuggery and other ways of corruption.

    What is wanting are persons of high ambition but with understanding
    of moral ethics and mutual respect.

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    1. Roman

      I think you’re right. Though I can’t imagine even pre-Soviet hierarchies being on par with Western Europe.

      The story of Ukraine is the story of vanquished aristocracy.

      It was vanquished first by Mongols, under pressure from Russian and Polish feudalism, and then vanquished again by the Bolsheviks.

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