In the 2012-2013 the Institute of World Policy in partnership with the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies and the Institute for Development and Social Initiatives «Viitorul» (Moldova) implemented a large-scale project «How to get rid of post-sovietness?»In the 2012-2013 the Institute of World Policy in partnership with the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies and the Institute for Development and Social Initiatives «Viitorul» (Moldova) implemented a large-scale project “How to Get Rid of Post-Sovietness?”
The aim of the initiative was to give clues on how to eradicate the negative effects to politics and society, which are typical to the post-soviet period. Under this we mean a form of socio-political evolution, in which the old soviet values and behaviours are combined with western equivalents.
The project consisted of three parts in which the phenomenon of post-sovietness was studied in Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. The choice of the objects of exploration was caused not only by their belonging to the former Soviet Union, but also by the officially declared intentions of the three countries to accede to the European Union. The initiative was supported by the Black Sea Trust of the German Marshall Fund.
The project started in May 2012 with expert discussions on defining the research methodology and indicators of post-sovietness in politics and society. Experts from Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine participated in the discussion.
On the 19th of September, 2012 IWP presented the rating “Top 10 most post-soviet politicians in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova”, which was based on the results of an expert survey in the three countries. Experts estimated the degree of their “post-sovietness” according to public attitudes, ways of taking decisions and their behaviours on a ten point scale. Photo report.
You can download the full text of the exploration in Ukrainian and English download here.
As part of the project, IWP defined attributes of post-sovietness in politics and society and created ten recommendations, whose implementation should eliminate this phenomenon from the socio-political context of the countries. The presentation of the results took place in the IWP on 14 November 2012, and a month later the analytical note “How to get rid of post-sovietness?” was presented to Moldovan political scientists and sociologists in Chisinau. Photo report.
You can find the full text of analytical report “How to get rid of post-sovietness?” here: Ukrainian version, English version.
To attract the attention of more people to this negative phenomenon a “Test on post-sovietness” was developed. Leading Ukrainian online edition (“Glavcom”, “Korrespondent”, “Obozrevatel”) have presented this test on their web pages.
Take the test (in Ukrainian)
The research on “How to get rid of post-sovietness?” enjoyed considerable attention among experts in three countries and it was the subject of numerous discussions. During the round table which took place on 22 February 2013 in Moldova significant differences between scientists from Moldova (MSU and Byeltskyy University A. Russo) and Transnistria (Department of Sociology at the University of Tiraspol “T. Shevchenko ) were noticed. Political analysts, psychologists and businessmen also had various points of view regarding the Soviet past.
On the 26th of February 2013 the Institute of World Policy presented the research “How to get rid of post-sovietness?” together with other projects in the European Parliament. Photo report.
On the 6th of March, 2013 Ukrainian deputies had the possibility to get to know the results of IWP’s research “How to get rid of post-sovietness?” during the exhibition and presentation of NGO’s “Information Fair 2013in the Ukrainian Parliament. On this occasion deputies were tested for post-sovietness. According to the results, the majority of the respondents are real Europeans.