"We are all exiles from our past."
F. M. Dostoevskij
Kiev is the first and the last of the Russian cities.
It all began in the 8th century B.C.E. when Kiev was the capital of the state known as Rus' of Kiev. Then it has been devastated by the Mongols in 1240 and after under control of Lituania, Poland, a Cossack state and then Russia in the 17th century.
Nowadays (before the facts of 2014 - shots were taken between 2007 and 2009) Kiev smells like a big village rather than a big city. Inhabitants have a do-it-youself mentality and there you can find western european banks as well as a socialist gym by river, so you are always in between of something that's going on: the past and the future.