Social and Cultural Issues
The collapse of communism radically changed people's lives and in many ways living standards dropped. Ukraine has experienced a substantial increase in mortality rates since becoming independent in 1991. However, in other ways quality of life has improved. No longer is religion outlawed, culture is no longer the exclusive domain of the state and restrictions on freedom of travel have lifted. Post-Soviet Ukraine has also had the opportunity to come out of the global isolation it was subjected to for decades.