National Geographic : 1987 May
(Some classes are also taught in Russian.) It's different in big cities. "This place is Russian," said a musician, Sergei, in Khar kov. Sergei's group is homogenized. "The guitar player is Ukrainian, another is Jew ish, the leader is Armenian, and I'm half Ukrainian, half Russian." The band plays an hour of Ukrainian songs, then switches to Russian rock, with occasional excursions into Stevie Wonder and Glenn Miller. Ukrainian cities have long heard other tongues: Russian, Yiddish, Polish. Under the Soviets, factory workers summoned from near and far further diluted Ukrainian, though major cities have Ukrainian news papers and TV shows. Russian dominates Kissing the cross signals the end of services at St. Vladimir's Cathedral in Kiev, a Russian Orthodox church. Although most attendingare elderly, many children are baptized each week. Couples must wed at civil ceremonies, but customs are kept. In the Palaceof Rituals in Lvov attendants bring decoratedUkrainianbread (top left). Only one Jewish synagogue remains in Kiev, and it has no rabbi.Saturday services are sparsely attended, mostly by elderly men (bottom left), although officials place the Jewish population at 260,000.