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An Expat Talks about Living in Kiev, Ukraine


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One expat describes his expat life in Kiev, Ukraine. From endless corruption to terrible winters, this expat is not enjoying life in Kiev.

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Kiev

How long have you lived there?

6 years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Sporting events, Rallys of your choice, Nightlife

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

Absolutely not diverse. Did you see the Parliament fist fighting on TV because one of the members delivered a speech in Russian language and not the Ukrainian language!!

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Main industry is corruption. Get used to it, accept it and turn your head. The best option sorry to say is know somebody who can get you in a job.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Life for the girls definitely revolves around fashion. Whoever can look the best has a better chance to leave the country with a rich man is what their mother taught them and sadly enough, it's true.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Do not unless you have enough money to support yourself without working and you like long cold winters, terrible drivers and terrible food.

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DiscGolfer
Nov 27, 2013 12:37

I think this person is a little overly critical about Kiev. The number one industry is corruption? Corruption is common in America as well, but it's a different kind of corruption! Twenty-thousand (that's 20,000) laws have been passed nationwide written in part or fully by ALEC--a corporate lobby group that works for business interests, NOT consumer interests. (It's a long story, but go to globalresearc.ca to learn more.) So our corruption is "Legal" because it's done by corrupt Congressman and women and by our media. Our corruption is so bad, that American can now safely be called a Fascist country. Why else did Edward Snowden flee to Russia? Well, we need only look to see what happened to Bradley Manning! He's serving 35 years in prison for...telling the truth! What's an example of one of his truths? He disclosed a slaughter of 11 innocent civilians (including 2 Reuters News Journalists), in Iraq about five years ago, WITH that well-known "Collateral Murder" video showing a helicopter gunship killing those people in cold blood. THEY got away with murder, for disclosing this crime, he got prison. I like Kiev, although I have never lived there, I've been there four times. I like the food (I eat only health food as I'm a nutritionist), the women are beautiful (not a priority now, since I'm married), and the transportation system is fine. Also, people are NOT afraid to protest--I like this. The corruption might be more common knowledge, but at least it's in the open. Here it's hidden in things IN PLAIN VIEW, if you pay attention. I could write a long list, but the truth is most Americans can't handle the truth about what is really happening in our so-called democracy. I feel bad about some things occurring in Kiev (and throughout Ukraine), like the jailing of certain people, but we have 2.6 million Americans in jail, most for low-level offenses, so we're not "clean" in our "justice" system either. (9/11 truth movement showed this to be true!) I short, back on topic, I found Kiev a fine city, although the prices are a little high for everything, esp. housing. The struggles of people are obvious, but people are struggling here in America too. (One fifth of children here do not have enough to eat, for example.) I think I will agree with the writer more if my family were to move to Kiev (after our country and the U.S. dollar collapses w/in a brief period of time. My fun was repeats running up the huge down escalator in Kiev. But seriously, I find Kiev full of culture and excitement. Drinking beer walking down the street was also fun, but I think that's been banned since.

guest
Aug 10, 2016 03:02

also, the bribery has gone almost extinct as there was a clean sweep of the police a while ago. new officers trained by western forces which emphasized bribery is not ok.

jarhead76
Nov 6, 2018 07:37

I'm curious why you stay? Are you in prison and cannot leave?

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