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Psychiatry in post-communist Ukraine: dismantling the past, paving the way for the future

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018

Dennis Ougrin
York Clinic, Guy's Hospital, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, London SE1 3RR
Semyon Gluzman
Ukrainian Psychiatric Association, 103A Frunze Street, Kiev, Ukraine
Luiz Dratcu
York Clinic, Guy's Hospital, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, London SE1 3RR, email:
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Ukraine, a nation of 48 million, became independent in 1991 following the collapse of the USSR. Ukraine still lags far behind many European countries in absolute income per capita and indices of transparency and corruption in public life, but its economy, grounded on robust industrial and agricultural resources, has grown 10% annually in the past 4 years. The extraordinary developments associated with the 2004 presidential elections and the Orange Revolution mean that democracy is now at the core of the state-building process and that Ukrainians are ready for radical changes. These changes are bound to include the principles and methods that have long prevailed in Ukrainian psychiatry.

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