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Ukraine, Our Very Distant Neighbor
Ukraine, Our Very Distant Neighbor

Author(s): David Svoboda
Subject(s): Politics
Published by: Přítomnost

Summary/Abstract: "The British journalist, Anna Reid, in comparing the Russian and Ukrainian national character, described the latter in the following way: get into an elevator with a Russian, and before you get to the top floor you will manage to have discussed the question of God and the theory of capitalism. If you make the same journey with a Ukrainian, you will learn about his mother-in-law’s stomach problems or about how the next tomato harvest is shaping up. The Ukrainian nature, crushed as it has been by all the vagaries of the twentieth century, appears to Western observers as a mixture of wariness and passivity."

  • Issue Year: 2003
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 5-5
  • Page Count: 1
  • Language: English