Who is Vladimir Putin? Why Does the US Government Hate Him?


As the Ukraine situation has worsened, unconscionable misinformation and hype is being poured on Russia and Vladimir Putin. Journalists and pundits must scour the Internet and thesauruses to come up with fiendish new epithets to describe both. Wherever I make presentations across America, the first question ominously asked during Q&A is always, “What about Putin?” … More Who is Vladimir Putin? Why Does the US Government Hate Him?

Why “War” isn’t the answer. It’s better to bring a “Gift” not a gun.


The Horrors of War Nobody knows the horrors of war better then Russia. It was only after I first arrived in Russia that I began to understand the magnitude of how World War II effected Russia. It seemed at that time everyone I spoke to had at least one member if not multiple family members … More Why “War” isn’t the answer. It’s better to bring a “Gift” not a gun.

Russian “Aerocar”


Alexander Begak, a Russian inventor unveiled his most recent creation earlier this week. “Evolution”, according to Alexander is the ultimate machine that can operate on land, sea and air. Alexander believes that the car would be great for hunting, given that it’s flying speed can set as low as 15 kilometers per hour. [Aerocar_2] During … More Russian “Aerocar”

Culture and Character of Russia


Culture and Character Egalitarianism Egalitarianism is a social philosophy that advocates the removal of inequities among persons and a more equal distribution of benefits. This is rooted in the agricultural village milieu, not an invention of Communism. Peasants could not leave the mir without an internal passport, issued by their heads of household. Russians are … More Culture and Character of Russia

Ten things Russians want you to know about real life in Russia.


1. Underground Passages – where you cross the street without stoplights or the dangers of traffic. Most of them are lined with kiosks selling flowers, food, shoes, tickets to cultural shows, books, and other necessities. These “переходи” are especially useful during the brutal winters. Some are simple passageways, others are grand labyrinthine shopping malls. The … More Ten things Russians want you to know about real life in Russia.

So you want to know a little about Russians? Part I


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 … More So you want to know a little about Russians? Part I

Hello world!


Struggling with a New Language Hello Everybody, I’ve started this blog to let everyone know what we are doing while we are in Russia. It is my hope to share with you our experiences, travels, hopes, dreams, hardships, and life in general here. I’ve been here in Russia know for the last several months getting … More Hello world!