Russian life has changed dramatically since the break-up of the Soviet Union. Not only has the fundamental political structure of the country changed, but also the bureaucracy that is a part of the life of each and every one of us. As you might suspect, there are a large number of official documents that are central to the most mundane life experiences – becoming a licensed car driver, dealing with insurance companies, reading the descriptions on medications, applying for a passport or visa, applying for a job.