A few days ago, PM Tymoshenko threatened to fire government officials in Kyiv who resort to red tape in liaising with local governments involved in flood relief efforts
In addition to meager victim compensation, the frontlines appear to be replete with the very bureaucratic runarounds Tymoshenko warned against.
Narrator: Today the first precedent occurred. Newcomers were required to show passports with propiska. Lilia Ivanova is one of those who failed to show her ID.
Lilia Ivanova: We lost it. I took my black bag, that bag. I left this black bag with my ID and instead I took this one.
Narrator: Evacuation center employees are outraged at this order coming from the top. They say there’s hasn’t been a huge supply of free riders.
Relief worker: People who have no electricity, no water, no gas, people who have already consumed whatever food supplies they had and came to have some warm meal, I believe that in this case, the passport should…it’s not the sort of document that should be required of them.
In the USSR, propiska served as a system of residence registration that severely restricted freedom of movement and employment opportunities.
Despite being outlawed by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine in 2001, propiska and internal passports remain very much in use.
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