He got a 3 month contract for a job in Minsk,Belarus.
On his return,he was shocked...he told me it was like "a white africa in europe".
To understand mentality of modern nations someone needs to look down the history. Belarussians as well as Ukrainians are former Polish slaves. Obviously there would be difference between a former aristocracy (who had close ties with Europe) and a former tucked up slaves. "The cattle" - a former(?) Polish term for Ukrainians and Belarussians. And which qualities were welcomed in "the cattle" by their masters, you think?
What exactly did he mean compared Minsk to Africa? Salaries, life standards? I visited Minsk couple of years ago as a tourist and my impressions are mixed. In general it is clean, but some places are so-so. Some new buildings are beautiful, some are old. Airport is new and beautiful. Salaries are so-so. Probably still better than African average. For example it is not uncommon for a new supermarket cashier to get salary around USD 500. But prices are lower then in The West. Many people, however may get smaller salaries or pensions. Don't forget this one country is landlocked and poor for mineral resources. There are many newer buildings including stores and hospitals. Air pollution is a problem.
The average salary in Minsk is about 972 BYR or roughly $450, which is way above the Belarus average. Renting a 1-bedroom apartment outside of city center will set you back around $250 per month. Public transport is cheap, costing just $15 and utilities including Internet are at roughly $50 per month.