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Were schoolteachers really paid substantially less than $45 per month in 1990s Ukraine?

As the OP's quote says, Ukraine's economy in the 1990s was indeed "wretched": Ukraine’s economy contracted annually between 9.7 and 22.7 percent in 1991–1996. The country experienced ...
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Were schoolteachers really paid substantially less than $45 per month in 1990s Ukraine?

90s are big. Early 1990s salaries might be below survivable, so a lot of people, even in cities and towns, had allotments or dachas. In the late 90s it would start to change. In the beginning of 90s ...
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Were schoolteachers really paid substantially less than $45 per month in 1990s Ukraine?

Besides the short answer, which is "yes", here are some numbers related to the period. The cost of 1 US dollar in Ukrainian money (karbovanets, krb.) by year: 1992 1993 1994 1995 208 krb. ...
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Why did "Carbide" refer to Viktor Yanukovych as an "ex-con"?

Before being elected to office, Viktor Yanukovych served two terms in prison. This is indeed noted in his wikipedia page, in the section "Early life and early career". The first was in 1967 ...
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What superstitions about coroners is "Carbide" referring to?

Speaking as a fellow American, I don't find this odd, hard to understand, or unexpected. Death, in general, is a disliked, feared, and superstition-inspiring subject, something that can easily be ...
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Is Taras Shevchenko's poetry collection really called "Kobzar" in Ukraine too?

Sure. https://a.co/d/8xHMLC9 is an Amazon link to the Ukranian edition, the title in Ukranian is "КОБЗАР: Збірка поетичних творів" (Kobzar: collection of poetic works) Kobzar is a Ukranian ...
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What was the "Bear Empire"?

It is not stated explicitly in the text, but I believe enough details are provided to say with reasonable certainty that the "Bear Empire" refers to the USSR. Carbide is set in modern-day ...
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Why did Carbide consider one to two bottles of vodka a small amount?

It is irony. The entire novel is full of humor. Take, for example, the very introduction of the plot: the protagonist falls in a sewer hatch and, like Newton's apple has triggered an idea of gravity ...
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Why was the illegal tunnel in Carbide mostly used to smuggle illegal cigarettes?

Historically, cigarettes have often been a commonly smuggled item, admittedly something I'm largely familiar with because I kept running into references to similar smuggling operations in the United ...
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