One of the foreigners who constantly lives in Russia, told us that one first of all must realize that Russians are real people, and not some walking characters of anecdotes of TV shows. Russians are popular for their frankness, and they themselves also value conversations heart to heart. They laugh contagiously. And foreigners have their own idea about Russia. What are they sure of?
In Russia it's always winter and cold
Russian beautiesIt is true that Russian women are of extraordinary beauty. This is considered by foreigners, and not without reason. Northern beauties, born in the harsh snow and ice of Russia, have long conquered the whole world. Millions of Russian women left with the fall of the Iron Curtain abroad. Someone married a foreigner, someone supplemented themselves with brothels in Arab and European countries, someone got married to celebrities, like Milla Jovovich or Natalya Vodyanova. Russian women spread like a brand around the world. We would not say confidently, frankly, that our women are really the most beautiful. But anyway, Russian women, if not the most beautiful, then certainly not the most repulsive.
The Russians are drunk all the timeIn almost all the films about Russia and the Russians in Hollywood, there is a bottle of vodka. Russian cosmonaut Lev Andropov in the performance of Peter Stormare wearing a cap with earflaps in the film featuring Bruce Willis "Armageddon" is not only drunk slightly, but also strange. In animated cartoons about the Simpsons one of the members of the jury is asked:
- Where are you from?
- From Russia.
- A! Drunk already, right?
Russian member of the jury guiltily lowers his eyes and grumbles "Yes."
All Russians sleep with a gun in their handsBefore going with the war on the Russians, Hitler instructed his scientists to study them. The Germans came to the conclusion that the Russians were drinking, lazy, lying on the stoves, and they liked to make problems. In general, they can be conquered. And Hitler jerked to the East, and he signed a verdict. The Russians got up from the couch, climbed down from the stove and, albeit not immediately, but so "piled up" the Nazis that they wiped fascism off the face of the earth, and Hitler had to rest himself forever.
Russian soulThis is something that neither they nor even we ourselves can not understand. In one of the interviews, actress Sharon Stone, an American, said she had read Chekhov and other Russian writers and said she had not understood the Russian soul. Mysterious and passionate. I myself am not a greater expert in this matter, although I live in Russia. Born and raised in the heart of the country - Moscow - but I still do not understand, did not feel, did not smell, what is this - the mysterious Russian soul. It is in every Russian - definitely! - but I can not give it a scientific definition. It includes passion, indifference, long-suffering, ruthless rebellion, compassion and destruction by millions of similar ones.
It's dangerous to walk the streets of RussiaThis fear of foreigners is largely justified. Our streets, especially at night, are really unsafe, but this situation is not only in our cities. Although I admit that walking at night in Russia is MUCH more dangerous than in Berlin or Prague, for example. Foreigners are afraid that in the streets we gang at night lazily gangs that they can rob and leave in their underpants, or even without them at all - Oh GOD! - Degree of frost. That the Russian police is corrupt is very easy, they can easily take "into the jail and clean up." That we everywhere have ice and walk dangerously, you can fall and smash your head.
Many fears of foreigners related to security in Russia. But more and more of them come to us and they see that everything is not so terrible, because cities, people themselves, are changing. The more we are open to them, the more they recognize us, and their perceptions of Russia are transformed. We ourselves now - the Russians - often go to them to Europe and America, we show ourselves. This process is mutually directed. True, while they are not in a hurry to expand the door to them, that is, to remove visas for Russians.
Yes, while the myths about Russia still live, and in this there is nothing so bad. On that they are myths to live for centuries. We still read the Myths of Ancient Greece, the myths make films, put on performances. While we - the Russians - are so poorly studied by foreigners, the myths about the Russians will live long.
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