1: Russians distrust anything cheap. (no wal-marts in Russia)
2: The English word “bargain” can not be adequately translated into Russian.
3: Although Russians distrust anything with a cheap price, they are fine with freebies. (Americans too)
4: A Russian who reaches high levels of power feels it his his/her duty to put down those who don’t.
(not much different in the world)
5: In Russia you need to call the lazy waitresses over by aggressively yelling “Girl!”
(problem is you didn’t have your glasses on.)
6: One needs skills in hitting people with your elbows on the Moscow Metro.
7: In Russia you can drink beer on a park bench without getting arrested.
8: Russians gather in the kitchen and stay up very late, talking about “life”. (something as well in the states)
9: Russians usually avoid talking about work. (it’s the first question asked in the states)
10: During any reception in Russia people are immediately separated by gender.
11: There are a lot of police in Russia, most of whom do nothing.
12: Russians never throw anything away. Ever.
13: However, if Russians throw out half of their things, nobody notices.
14: A Russian stranger is likely to call you with familiarity, like “man” or “woman”.
15: Russians don’t usually say “please” or “thank you”.
16: The Russian proverb “Arrogance – the second happiness” cannot be adequately translated into English.
17: Russians drink a lot of vodka. It’s not a myth.
18: You don’t have to fear for your life when walking the streets in Moscow alone at night.
19: Russian men are convinced that feminism has led to the collapse of the West, and Russia’s historical mission: resist.
20: A myth within a myth: Russians believe that Americans believe that bears walk the streets in Moscow, but this myth of a myth is a purely Russian invention. Americans actually believe all the bears in Russia are dead.
21: Russians simply do not understand it when a foreigner from the west applies for permanent residence in Russia.
22: Dentists are very surprised when people show up for a “routine” check-up. So are doctors.
23: Russians drink tea with a centimetre of sugar on the bottom of the cup.
24: All Russians, from young to old, abuse emoticons.
25: Moscow has the best subway system in the world.