Cover Osteuropa 2-4/2010

In Osteuropa 2-4/2010

The Natural Laws of Ukraine
On Politicians and Pragmatists

Andrej Kurkov

Deutsche Fassung


Ukraine is a puzzling country. It is full of tolerant, cordial, and smart people. But other types elbow their way to power. In recent years, however, they too have changed for the better: They are gradually starting to fear their own people. And that’s good. In the peasant tradition, they have operated according to the dictum: Every political decision is like a vegetable – if one waits long enough, it ripens on its own. But each new generation of Ukrainian citizen is better educated than the previous generation. That goes for politicians as well. This is the law of human nature. Even in Ukraine, the laws of nature are obeyed 100 percent.

(Osteuropa 2-4/2010, pp. 175–182)