Posted by Different Perspective on August 30, 2004 at 06:13:56:
In Reply to: Getting The Right Travel and Legal Documents posted by Cpt. Nemo on August 29, 2004 at 16:00:46:
There is no doubt that a certain amount of corruption exists amongst Government employees within Ukraine and there have been many examples discussed in this forum prior to this.
However, it seems that not ALL individuals set out to boost the size of their personal income in the manner that you have suggested.
My wife joined me in the United Kingdom on a Fiance visa some time ago and we subsequently married and now also have a son.
We paid no bribes, needed no facilitator or fixer and I did'nt need to send any documents for scrutiny by the Ukrainian authorities.
My Sister-In-Law is currently staying with us in England. She obtained a visitors visa two months ago.
Again, she had no difficulties with the authorities. She obtained her passport within a reasonable time period and just paid the regular fee. Once again, I was not expected to provide anything for the Ukrainian Officials.
Maybe things have moved on since your experiences, but my wife suggests another reason. She indicates that anyone with an 'American connection' is more likely to be seen as 'fair game' so far as bribes are concerned. American men are perceived to have plenty of money to spare and my wife says that this is hardly surprising when American visitors to their cities are generally highly visible (and audible)tending to throw their money around like confetti.
Internet bride scammers also favour American men because some are parted from their cash at the drop of a hat (any hard luck story will usually do). They also live a lot further away than Western Europeans. My wife knew of a number of people (one was a man called Oleg who used a picture of Catherine Zeta Jones on his profile)who made their living this way.
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