This is what foreigners think about Russia and its people.
43. The only alcohol-free places in Russia are McDonalds and KFC.
Actually they sell booze in KFC too (beer only).
I noticed a lot of young Russian women hate alcohol, and demand that I stop drinking.
But#18, never saying please, or thank you? I think that is wrong. Any compliment is always returned with a spacibo, always!
As far as I know, they never say “thank you” to their friends, because they are confident their friends realise they are very grateful for the favour. If somebody can confirm this… you know what to do.
Some of these are true, other – not really… But overall yes, these impressions are not far from reality.
Thank you for the information (Guess by saying thanks I’ve revealed myself as a hapless foreigner).
Russians don’t like you if you don’t drink???
It’s not a big problem in everyday life but on the party you may insult em a little. They will think that you are staying sober on purpose. That you don’t believe them, don’t like them or even mean harm to them. Some kind of medieval tradition I believe.
I suppose I could have a little sip to make myself seem more social. [Thanks for your reply.]
That is very enlightening. Some sound strange, but every culture has things that seem strange to outsiders. I think it is good that you are objective enough to come up with such a list. I could not make a list of 50 things.
#51 Russian women do have nipples, only not on E.R.
Some of them are huge with aureolas to match. Many Russian or Eastern European women are very pretty, some are absolutely gorgeous. But most seem to me to be sadly lacking in the ‘class’ department.’ Many/most I’ve met tend to look a bit on the ‘coarse’ side. Lips too big, cheek bones too pronounced. Some refer to these as Europes’ White niggers!’
Fact Number 51: They rabidly down-vote any comment that doesn’t fit their sense of national pride, no matter how true it might be.
Those who negatively rated this comment proved the hypothesis themselves. Hahaha
I am atethepaint.
I’m guessing it was lead-based…
actually Russian woman aged 25 to 30 hate drunk guys but love occasionally drinkers who like to have fun.
A good thing is that you don’t have to smile to every one, but on every joke
Number 6…a friend of mine just said that devushka means young lady…Anyone can confirm it?
Devushka= young lady. Can be used as ‘girlfriend.’
Devochka= little girl.
Devoushka == girl between 18 & 35 also used to call a waitress
“32. They want to belong to Europe.” Russians can do first step in this way and solve # 18, learning to say please…
Considering the awesome performance of the European economies, that would be the exact thing that Russia wants and needs.
And #18 is wrong.
…this “awesome economy” make a lot of russians to become immigrants with first ocassion they have. I never heard about any european who want to become russian citizen… I’m wondering why if the economy and people are so great?
I don’t know about you, but whenever the news gets to the economic part, I always hear about the “European” or “Eurozone” crisis, not the Russian crisis. I don’t think the gas pipes have direction indicators, but the gas flows from Russian to the EU, not the other way round. And of course you don’t hear about anyone wanting to become a Russian citizen. There are 15 million immigrants (mostly illegal) in Russia seeking US citizenship. I think you just can’t accept the fact that Russia is riding out this crisis better than most.
I’m confused – is this supposed to be a list of what foreign people actually THINK Russians do, or a list of what they (the Russians) actually do that surprises foreigners when they (the foreigners) find out? Because it seems to me to be a mix of both. My Girlfriend is from Ulan-Ude and confirmed some as true, but many as false – many I’ve never heard anyone say about Russians – and we have a lot of stereotyping in NZ.
“they are Ukranian dishes”
…and what is Ukraine? Russia….
When you have the occasion, tell to some ukrainians your impression, and after that post here their answer… But please don’t mention the part about your mother… :).
Zonda, untill 1991, when USSR crashes, there is no country called Ukrain. Never ever was. But then was “Kiyevskaya Rus` “, ancient Russian kingdom (X-XIII century), with capital in Kiyiv, and its borders concur with borders of modern Russia, except Ukranian territory. Learn Wiki
Most of TV info about Ukrainian-Russian hate is originally based on neo-nazi ideas of fanatics in some west-ukranian Cities, and their fresh reappraisal of history of civil war in Russia (when Lenin comes to management ;). Dont know who interested in this tv reports, but i think global politic movement somewhere not far…
this year i had traveled through Ukranian plains to Crimea, and when i came to Sevastopol (main russian black sea fleet base on Ukranian side), that was funny to see much of stickers on cars with phrase “The port of registry – Sevastopol, Russia”. 99% of locals identifying themselves as Russians.
Nation status does not matter. the Ukrainian people exist and have their own cultural identity that is their own, however much Russians might want to deny they exist as a people, that they are just Russians too.
Being Russian i can say that:
True:1,2,3,6 (And what?It is a POLITE compellation which is used for all unknown women from 18-35),7,8,9,13,14,15,16,17,19(partially),21(Just can only say that young people drink less alcohol that 10 y.a.),23(Well sometimes it can be -25-30 in Moscow and in 2 weeks +10),25,26,33,34,36,40 (I dont drink alcohol whatsoever and on occasion people like “wtf man?Why dont u respect me?” ..that’s so silly),44,46,47(but not all life, usually young people move out in their 30’s),48,49(VERY TRUE),50
False:4(but true for people from the government),5,10,12(if it is a party of old people probably true),18(utter rubbish),20,27,28(rubbish),29 (in prisons it’s true),30(wtf),31(wtfwtf),32(rubbish),35,37,38,39,41,42,45,
i think #51 has to be: All the women look like Bond-girls until 35, when they magically turn into babushkas overnight
#30, and #31, I think were true. I have not noticed it as much lately, but still the Russian girls use smileys with lots of brackets, more than anyone I ever saw before. It nice, I like it
Oh yeah. They can place lots of brackets!
Rotfi I think I understand. The past is gone and we all live now. Russian people are like other people, same hopes and dreams for the future.
35 is not true!!
i think 35 is about gastarbeiters here… from Moldova, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan. They was coming here to work in a building sphere, often as illegals, cause average income in their country in a month is less than !50 bucks, and Russia haven`t any visas for that contry`s citizens. In Moscow they got about 350$ and can support their familys… also, illegals here make a lot of crime.
Especially Caucasians, they mostly agressive in communicating and in buisness, russians call them “beasts”, cause they have no morals, and often in a fist fights on the streets use knives… ((
Its pity, but some of them make real money in 90s` with this tactic, so when their kids (beasts, also) murder someone on the steets they give a bride to cops or judges, and nothing happens
Yes, and we really want to belong to Europe, mostly because of visas. For example me and my friends want to run on motorbikes to London next summer. We want visit ACE cafe and trip over the Europe… and it seems we will have a lot bureaucracy problems with visas, cause we plan to cross the borders, but dont know in which sequence, but this is necessary for getting visas…
not looks like freedom
And you think it is easy to travel in Russia? I’ve been waiting for my first invitation, thanks FMS, 5 weeks. After my arrival i have to go immediately to the post-office and fill out two doubleside forms in russian language, copy my passport once again, and waste 2 hours for that
18 isn’t true – it is “a” and “the” that they never say!
…45.Do not smile! It irritates!.. Do you know why? Russians say “Laughing with no reason is a sign of an idiot” or alternatively “Continue to smile – your boss likes idiots”
№33 is also true about Saint-Petersburg Metro, but without №7. So, Saint-Petersburg Metro is the best in the world №20 is true. I can’t say about № 29, but it is normal to drink tea with 2-3 teaspoons of sugar. Is it normal in Europe and USA?
I’m not from Europe or USA, but I usually drink tea with 3 teaspoons of sugar, everybody (friends and family) always criticised me that.
I have spent in Russia 3 years. I love this country, people, music, moovies. I hate bred only
#30 and #31! I should have read this article sooner! My boyfriend is Russian and it took me a while to understand his smileys when we talk on IM. ^^
i like russia girls they r hot
Borsch IS a Russian soup, who wrote this? lol There is a Ukrainian borsch, which has salo in it, and a Russian one. I would know, I grew up on it.
Also, we do say thank you and please.
Borsch there 20-30 species, including Lithuanian. At that time, when there were soup, dumplings and so on. Russian, Ukrainians, Lithuanians and Belarus were just one nation without divisions and they lived in Kievan Rus. It would therefore be a mistake to attribute these dishes any one split of the ancient ethnic group. And the best borsch – Moscow, he is on the beet kvass.
And in general, everything is quite true. But we should not forget that Russia is larger than Pluto, and it is home to hundreds of peoples with their own features, way of life and customs. Written entirely true for a small group of Moscow residents, except for a couple of items suitable almost all Muscovites, and then the differences will only grow.
I once read, went and tried on a specially – sugar in a glass of exactly 9 mm.
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