grovel : far too strong a word
are obsequious toward those higher up the ladder, they have no respect for them, and criticize everything they do,
even their decisions. : since those in authority routinely DO make decisions - that's why they are higher up - to single it out seems odd. After 'even', one expects something very trivial and that even that gets criticised. Perhaps, "particularly their decisions"
Bulgarians behave with servility to social superiors, seeking their friendship and company, inviting them to christenings and birthday parties, giving presents to their families, and showing admiration for those of higher rank. No sooner home and they become themselves again, feel free to speak their mind, usually the opposite of what they had expressed earlier.
However, this respect ceases the moment their former superiors fall out of power.
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