Top 10 Russian Stereotypes – A Parody


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1. All Russian women are beautiful…….

It’s been heard that all Young Russian women are gorgeous, and they are very particular about their appearance… they won’t leave the house without their hair and make-up done to perfection everything about them will perfectly matching. Even in the winter, a fur coat, high heels, short skirt with tights, are standard attire. Thank God we only see the fur coat.

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2. Russian babushkas

She‘s Russia’s version of “granny”, to which a engrained reputation has been emblazoned into Western culture, guess what– she really does exists! These “babushkas” are usually small and short with scarves around their heads, they will poke you with their umbrellas (I know personally), but who would have know they love technology……..

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3. Smoking problem in Russia

As you can see this has become a serious problem. The government in Russia is beginning to impose tougher anti-smoking regulations to end the smoking epidemic that is gripping the country, sadly it still has one of the highest smoking rates in the world. You will find that unpleasant smell everywhere even on the street.

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4. On the topic of corruption in Russia

Any Russian bureaucrat – actually, almost any employee – can be bribed and often that’s the only way to get things done. This is the norm… if you get stopped by police for a random check anywhere and don’t have your passport with you, or stopped for a traffic violation, police will often offer you a choice pay a official ticket (with possible jail time) or paying them off………

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5. In Russia gender roles are alive and well

In Russia men are men and women are women… this is just part of everyday life. Women are to cook period, clean and always look their very best. Men in kind are expected to be chivalrous, opening doors, pulling out chairs, and paying for the ladies. It’s just a unwritten rule about daily life here.

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6. Russians are superstitious

Russians are a superstitious folk, they do a whole host of strange or unusual things to ward off the bad luck and welcome in a bit of good luck. I was told about someone who was chased around a bar by someone who wanted to step on their foot. Why? Because if you step on someone’s foot and they don’t step back on yours you will be bringing some bad luck and conflict for both of you. Russia is indeed a mysterious place, but if you can understand something about it’s folklore and superstitions Russians have, you’ll get a lot closer to the heart of this enigmatic culture.

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7. Russians are blunt and serious

Russians always have a serious face on when they’re in public. It is considered impolite to express strong (especially loud) emotions around strangers. Of course, this all changes in private………….

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8. Russians are flashy

When Russian people dress up, they dress up. High heels to the max, flashy miniskirts and fur coats on very stylishly made-up girls, the latest, brightest, or loudest men’s fashion on guys. When they’re not dressing to go out, Russian men tend to tone it down and wear quiet clothing, but Russian women keep it dialed up, always seeming as though they’ve stepped out of a fashion magazine (see below). Just don’t piss them off.

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9. Russian clubs are very exclusive

It’s true, many Russian clubs are designed for the very rich, with strict face-control and exorbitant “cover” fees – and that’s before you have to pay for drinks! But it’s possible to find some affordable clubs in Russia, be ready to face high cover charges and even be turned away if you are not dressed up or down depending on the club. If you’re not up for that, try going to a bar instead, which can often be just as lively but a lot less expensive! Don’t forget a towel.

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1. Russians love vodka

Most Russians are capable of drinking vodka like water, and many will keep a bottle in their house whether they drink it regularly or not. When you are invited to most events organized by them, there will be vodka there, expect to tip one back! It’s not true, however, that they get extremely offended if you refuse a shot – it’s more like a surprise, because it’s not at all a big deal to them. Remember that just because Russians like vodka, it does not mean that they are alcoholics – nor are they toothless, they can just drink more than most other people!

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