The Glaring Socioeconomic Meltdown in Post-Soviet Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus: A Distorted Mindset in Search of a Way Out


  • Olesea Ghedrovici Moldavian Academy of Economic Studies Chişinău, Moldova
  • Nikolai Ostapenko University of the District of Columbia Washington, D.C.



economic transition, Stalinism, former Soviet Union, corruption, growth, moral and psychological legacy, values, beliefs, ethnic identity, nationalism, national self-awareness.


Cultural and historical values and assumptions deeply imprint all aspects of people’s lives, including their role in social, economic, and political transformation. Many of the former Soviet states are still going through a painful metamorphosis on a confusing path toward acceptance of freedom and democratic values. The idea we wish to highlight there is the impact of the Soviet moral and psychological legacy on the socioeconomic transition now under way in the East European countries that once were republics of the Soviet Union. It is important to shed light on the reasons why, after 20 years of formal independence, the region is still struggling to find its way forward.