Shedding Stereotypes in Eastern Ukraine

Upscale shops and hip cafes amid statues of Lenina literary city of contrasts, Kharkiv also is home to a Bertelsmann local success story

My head was swimming with stereotypes as the cramped Austrian Air short-haul jet touched down in Kharkiv, a city of 1.5 million in the plains of eastern Ukraine. I had imagined this Russian-speaking part of the Ukraine to be a gritty post-Soviet city still struggling to come to terms with Ukrainian independence and the collapse of the U.S.S.R.

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