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Letter from Kyiv

17 January 2023 - 42 mins
Podcast Series The David McWilliams Podcast

As a student I first went to the Soviet Union in 1987. Then spent months in the Russian countryside trying to learn the language in 1991. Since then, I have worked and travelled in both Russian and Ukraine. I was first in Kyiv in 1998, working in the Ukrainian economy. So I've spent many years in that part of the world and have friends from both countries. Last week, I went back to Kyiv with an old Ukrainian mate. Here are the observations. Join the gang! https://plus.acast.com/s/the-david-mcwilliams-podcast.

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42 mins

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