So, it happened that I'm living in Ukraine since July 2014. With this post, I might be starting a series of articles about Ukraine. The real one, not that stuff you see on TV. There's a lot of things that piss me off in Ukraine. However, most of them you can put up with. But still, there's stuff that makes me think: "I could never imagine THAT could be happening! That's not a human way to do things." This one is called "Try getting a passport".
First of all, Ukraine is one of the few countries where citizens need to get a special passport to travel abroad (International or "foreign" passport, translated directly from Russian). It is well-known how difficult and often impossible for the people of Ukraine it is to get a visa in order to enter any other country (except for those few countries which do not have a visa requirement, but nobody wants to go there anyway). Now, getting a passport only to be eligible to try to get a visa is a whole another adventure.
Let's admit, you don't need so many documents to apply for a foreign passport. You'll need 2 copies of your ordinary passport, 1 copy of the identification number and money. So you go there, let's say, at 7 o'clock in the wonderful sunny morning in beautiful Odessa (sorry, I'll try to stay focused now) only to find out that, hey, there are already a couple of hundreds of people on the list before you (I was number 231). Well, fine. I'll just write down my name and come back in a couple of days to check if I'm anywhere near the top of the list, right? No. I have to come there every day at 1pm only to confirm that... well, to say, like, "yeah, that's me, I'm really on the list, I want a passport". If you're not there at 1pm even once, then your name gets crossed out. So I'm really like... seriously? And what should those people who are working (for $60 a month) from 8am till 5pm do? Yeah, there's always an option to bribe people who are in the "passport-making" business. You can see a lot of people coming in during non-working hours, ahead of any kind of lists or lines. That's not free, of course. But should you stimulate corruption (which is, anyway, over the top in Ukraine) by shoving bills into the pockets of public officials? Well, not everybody has money for that.
I would really like to see Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk to be coming to a place like this every day for a week or two. How would they like such a nice little "pokraschennya"1?
But is this only a problem of the current degenerative government? Let's see, the scheme with the list and obligatory everyday presence is not official. That means that it was not only suggested by some "genius" but also supported by some halfwits. I cannot imagine somebody who is not completely insane thinking that making people come every day for two weeks is a good idea. This leads us to a scary conclusion that a dangerously high percentage (74%, to be exact) of people in Ukraine are idiots.
I'm pissed off. You should be too.
1 Pokraschennya - Ukrainian word originally meaning "Improvement", but nowadays used by Russian-speaking people in Ukraine strictly as a sarcastic reminder that most of the promises about improvements, which were or are given by the current Ukrainian government are actually bogus.