If Ukraine was a real person, then on its thirtieth birthday it could be described as talented and free, but at the same time infantile. While Ukraine’s recently-born civil society and ordinary people deserve the credit for the first two descriptors, the country’s political scene still lacks responsibility, ideology, and, to some extent, independence. How has Ukraine’s political life evolved over the last 30 years and where it is now?
While formally the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, in fact, this event stretched out over many years. The preconditions for the collapse of the USSR matured gradually , and the development of the newly-formed countries was greatly affected by their past in the repressive superpower. In many aspects, Ukraine is still overcoming its Soviet legacy.