Speaking of corruption, here's an explanation of how to bribe Ukrainian traffic cops, which appeared (UKR) in Ukrayinskyi Tyzhden last week:
Illustration by Andriy Yermolenko
Here's a quick translation:
- Don't put money inside documents - this can be perceived as provocation.
- If you are going to give a bribe, take the needed amount of money*** out of your wallet in advance and hold the wrapped bills in your hand.
- If we are talking about a significant amount of money, it should not be passed from hands to hands - put the money inside the policeman's car in between the front seats.
- Don't beg for the policeman to take the money - he knows better when it's okay to take and when it is not.
Remember: Traffic police do not give change!
***At least 50 percent of the amount of the official fine.
It hurt to translate this into English. It also hurt to read this in a decent-looking Ukrainian-language weekly magazine. Actually, it made our jaws drop when we saw it. I wonder how many people have found this information useful - or amusing.