Acts of mindless drunken violence such as those which commonly occur in British cities are rare.
Although the police in Kiev are no angels, they don’t, unlike their counterparts in Moscow, routinely pester foreigners for documents and bribes.
Initially Tennant and Lowe performed as West End because of their love of London's West End, but later they came up with the name Pet Shop Boys, derived from friends of theirs who worked in a pet shop in Ealing.
Their big break came in August 1983, when Tennant was assigned by Smash Hits to interview The Police in New York.
In 2016, Billboard magazine named Pet Shop Boys the number one dance duo/group over the 40 years since the chart's inception in 1976.
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe met in an electronics shop on Kings Road in Chelsea, London, in August 1981.