It is completely possible in Ukraine to bribe the police and avoid a drink driving or other serious motoring conviction.In our personal experience we have never been asked to pay a bribe when no traffic offence has been committed.When we venture into Kiev in the afternoon we’ll inevitably see at least one aging foreigner being dragged around the city’s boutiques by a beautiful young girl and their ‘interpreter’.
More often than not though, these women will wait until the foreign man is in Ukraine and is most susceptible to their charms.
Shopping extravaganzas and visits to expensive restaurants are the usual methods of extracting cash.
Street scams are frequently reported by other websites and government agencies as being fairly commonplace in Kiev.
We personally doubt whether they are as widespread as made out.
Crimes perpetrated against visitors are generally low level.
Acts of mindless drunken violence such as those which commonly occur in British cities are rare.
Many drivers would argue that this is a better system, particularly those from countries such as the UK where fines are heavy and issued automatically.
The families of those killed in Ukraine by drunk or dangerous drivers would disagree.
Anybody that has actually visited the city will know that there are far too many real police in such places.
Ukrainian police aren’t perfect but certainly wouldn’t tolerate bogus police operating on their patch.
Many visitors to Kiev will never notice how bad the country’s roads are.