12 reasons why you should not live in Russia: a view from abroad

How does anti-Russian propaganda work? Some real facts are taken, representing the country in a negative light, an emphasis is placed on them, and at the same time they are consciously silent about the positive aspects. All this is mixed with certain stable stereotypes about Russia, and a vigorous Russophobic mixture is obtained, which is served to an unprepared consumer. Unfortunately, our former compatriots sometimes take part in this indecency, one of whom acquainted Western readers with his essay entitled “12 Reasons Why Russia Sucks”.




The original is available at link. The opus is quite voluminous, so in brief we will try to analyze all our “12 deadly sins”, according to the emigrant, and remain objective.

Poverty


The author of the essay warns foreign tourists that it is not worth creating the impression of Russia in Moscow and St. Petersburg with their skyscrapers, theaters, museums and luxury cars on the streets. Instead, he cites specially selected photographs of provincial cities to demonstrate which Russia is real. These are ugly human anthills, gray and dirty. To himself, the author says that he himself lived in Tula.

Well, we recognize that the difference between our two capitals and the province is huge. But this is the case everywhere, both here, in the USA, and in Europe. You can also bring some unsuccessful photographs of some areas of London or Paris, inhabited mainly by immigrants, and poke, look. The American wilderness will look no better than Tula.

By the way, Tula on a fine spring day looks very even nothing, and not only she. In general, a lot depends on the selection of the visual series and its presentation. This can be seen in the photographs of Russians, accompanied by unflattering comments by the author. They are a certain pensioner in a revealing coat and a man eating a barbecue, squatting in the middle of a pile of garbage. This, like, is how all Russians fry kebabs.

Again, there really are a lot of poor people in Russia, but let's give photos of American homeless people sleeping on the streets. Even according to official statistics, there are more than half a million of those in the USA. No one is forbidden to fry and eat kebabs among the garbage, but remember when you personally or your friends did something similar? It’s not worth all to measure by frank scum.

Surrender


Further, the author of the opus discusses the subject of "submission to the Russians," who obeyed the tsars unquestioningly, and now Putin, "marching to their graves." As a blessed time, he calls the freeman of the nineties.

Well, the Russian people are really patient, which should not be confused with humility. But sooner or later - and his patience ends, which is confirmed by the two revolutions of the beginning of the last century, as well as the victory over the Third Reich with its misanthropic ideology.

Indifference


The author claims that the Russians don’t give a damn about everything, even how their cities and their entrances look. Allegedly, each elevator is depicted with images of genitals, and in each they have already managed to urinate. The lights are stolen, the benches are all broken, the walls are dirty, dog stool is everywhere. Note that as an authoritative one, the opinion of the famous "patriot", Artemy Lebedev, is given:

We all have a comfort zone, but the comfort zone of a civilized person includes the streets on which he walks, the parks in which he walks, and the country in which he lives. The comfort zone of a Russian ends at his doorstep. Everything outside my apartment does not belong to me, which means it does not concern me.


Well, the areas and entrances are different. Somewhere, the truth is all dysfunctional, in others, on the contrary, flowers grow on window sills. It is so everywhere. In particular, in the entrance, where the author of this review lives, there is no “cave art”, no one defecates in the elevator, there are equipped playgrounds, horizontal bars and bars in the courtyard, pensioners grow flowers on lawns. And this is not some kind of business class, but an ordinary panel microdistrict in the suburbs. There is also a barbecue area, by the way, very popular among residents, where there is neither garbage nor dog poop.

In general, everything is different everywhere. You can also poke on the photo of the entrance somewhere in Harlem, and what does that say?

War


Further, the emigrant passes through our victory over Nazi Germany, along the way pointing out about "millions executed in the Gulag." By the way, the number of executions during the years of repression of the thirties did not exceed 1 million, and far from all of them were carried out. Regarding the number of people sitting in the Gulag, historian Viktor Zemskov explains:

In the terrible 37th ”, there were 1.196.369 people in the Gulag, of whom 87% were criminals. In the year 38, there were already 1.881.570 people in the Gulag, that is, the “victims of the 37th” arrived in large numbers there, criminals made up 81%.


For comparison, about 2,2 million people are currently sitting in the United States. Of these, 60% are African Americans and Hispanics who simply cannot afford a good paid lawyer. Okay, a little distracted to the side. The author of the opus comments on the attitude of Russians to May 9:

By "celebration" the Russians mean drunkenness before losing consciousness and beating someone else's muzzle. This is the day when car owners proudly drive around the city with “We can repeat” stickers.


Commenting on this is simply pointless.

Enemies


Our former compatriot links the image of the “external enemy” among the Russians in the person of the USA with the “myth of victory”. Here is how. Now the victory of the USSR over Germany is already a myth? No comments.

Legislation


The author of the opus at the same time tries to link our "slavish humility" with our own "complete lawlessness", hiding behind a classic quote:

The strictness of Russian laws is mitigated by the non-binding nature of their implementation.


We, "little people", smoke in the porches, cross the street in the wrong place, park on the lawns, give doctors cognac and sweets. We are terrible people ... But in the USA or quiet and prosperous in all respects New Zealand, apparently law-abiding people, they take automatic weapons and shoot other people. And in the United States, bribery is completely legalized under the guise of "lobbying."

Religion


Further more. The author of the opus explicitly calls Russia “religiously fanatical, like ISIS” (ISIS is a banned terrorist organization in our country). As a justification, he cites facts such as the presence of “mobile prayer stations” in the army, the provision of an honor guard to meet the relics of the saint, and a rather nice tradition of consecrating missiles before launch. He also argues that the “state religion” in Russia spreads the myth that AIDS is stressful and HIV does not exist.

As for the "state religion" - this is a direct lie, according to the Constitution of the Russian Federation - a secular state. Although it must be admitted that the ROC is really beginning to play an increasingly important role in our lives.

Fatalism


According to the emigrant, all Russians are fatalists because of hopelessness. He quotes from a famous film, for some reason considering it a “proverb”:

Not we such, Life is such.


Well, to make such broad generalizations on the feature film "Boomer" is very bold.

Education


The author of the opus rode around the late Mikhail Zadornov, who coined the expression about "stupid Americans." However, he points out that, seriously ill, the writer went to the EU for treatment.

Well, Mikhail Nikolayevich was a wealthy man and he himself chose where to be treated. No one says that modern Russian medicine is the best in the world. But I wonder what the cost of oncology treatment would be for an average American in his homeland, in the USA?

As for the number of Nobel laureates, which the United States really has more than Russia, it must be understood that we are simply in different conditions. After the collapse of the USSR, Russian science was in decline for a long time, which is why many of our laureates today work abroad. The United States, by contrast, has created the conditions for pumping out brains from around the world. Hence the different results.

Aggression


The Russians, allegedly, unreasonably hate everyone and show aggression towards foreigners. Interestingly, the author of the opus judges the Russians by players in online shooter games. Somehow seriously, this argument is difficult to comment on.

Alcohol


Well, of course, where without Russian vodka? He's writing:

I would like to say that drunk Russians are just a stereotype. But, firstly, this would be contrary to official data on world per capita alcohol consumption. And secondly, unfortunately, the way it is.


In general, according to statistics, our country is not even one of the five most drinking countries. It is a myth that we drink the most in the world. Yes, many Russians drink, but not all, and not only Russians, do it. A difficult life pushes people to a bottle, but not everyone chooses vodka. Others go in for sports, fitness, study, work, and relax abroad. You can not generalize so widely.

Pride


Finally, a spit in our direction from the emigrant:

Finally, after all of the above, after you saw the dark side of ordinary Russians - cruel, indifferent, ignorant, spineless people - is it not surprising to find out that at the same time they are incredibly proud of their country? .. Although patriotism - this is a moronic feeling, I can understand the patriotism of the Americans - after all, they belong to one of the most influential countries.


The author of this opus review has always had a hard time understanding how Americans can be proud of their country built on the bones of Native Americans, the terrible exploitation of black slaves, a series of wars of conquest and the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japanese cities. But he is proud of his country, which destroyed class division, gave the population social guarantees, defeated Hitler, sent the first man into space, sent atomic energy into a peaceful channel, etc. This list of achievements that is truly prideful takes up a couple of A4 pages.
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  1. Oleg RB Offline
    Oleg RB (Oleg) 27 August 2019 16: 21
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    Well, approximately, as it is, I wrote it.
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    2. newbornGP Offline
      newbornGP (GP) 27 August 2019 16: 58
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      Yeah. It remains only to add. Accustomed to beg, freebie and at the same time deceive, and be always dissatisfied. And RB in its pure form will succeed!
      1. Oleg RB Offline
        Oleg RB (Oleg) 27 August 2019 17: 21
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        Well, a little difference, I completely agree with you.
      2. Akuzenka Offline
        Akuzenka (Alexander) 28 August 2019 00: 44
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        Gee, it's CAPITALISM! He is the same everywhere. Unsightly, muddy, greedy, cruel, indifferent, ugly and evil.
    3. A.Lex Offline
      A.Lex (Secret information) 28 August 2019 07: 46
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      No need about. Need EXACTLY! The whole lie of people like you is in “approximation” (milyon - there, milyon - here, for people like you, it is not a mistake). You always refer to a piece of truth, which is not significant in the evidence base (saying something that you always lie about, refer to this moment - “But this is true!”), Mix in the FALSE. It's like in “Overton's Window” - it starts with a little lie, gradually increasing its number - stringing a lie on a half-truth, and then already - a lie on a lie. Do you think that people are blind or completely incompetent? Well, I have to disappoint you. After all the lies that people like you and others like you have been pushing people since the late 80s and the whole 90s, along with the 2000s, we were forced to start working with documents, although, at first, we had it not interested. But we did not want to listen to your lies even more.
  2. begemot20091 Offline
    begemot20091 (begemot20091) 27 August 2019 22: 00
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    They also forgot: pederasts are not liked by Russians.
  3. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 27 August 2019 22: 24
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    My classmate's son left for the USA in the 90s. So, they have poor people because they don’t want to work, for us - because they don’t pay. Laws - try to break something with them, with us - Putin has not sued in our courts, since he advises us to appeal to the courts. A few years ago, I went through all instances, even wrote to the Kremlin in detail on E-mail. So my letter was sent to those whom I complained about. I personally regret that our weapons are not sold, as in the United States. 1917 would then come faster.
    1. Akuzenka Offline
      Akuzenka (Alexander) 28 August 2019 00: 45
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      CAPITALISM!!!!!! Read the classics. Under capitalism, it doesn’t happen differently !!!!!!
  4. Nick Offline
    Nick (Nikolai) 28 August 2019 02: 34
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    The comrade is self-justifying his emigration. Psychological adaptation to a change in the country of residence. Therefore, lying, exaggerating a description of their homeland. The traitor complex.
  5. tracer Offline
    tracer (Parma) 28 August 2019 04: 54
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    Emigrants who escaped from the chaos of the 90s are returning, and I personally know many examples. Moreover, I definitely say that emigration from Russia to North America has practically stopped. Russia has much more business opportunities or self-realization. And do not la la ...
  6. g1washntwn Offline
    g1washntwn (George Washington) 28 August 2019 06: 10
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    In Germany, a beerfest is still a party, and supposedly non-drinker immigrants rest so that they then lie right there until morning. I saw it personally, and the photo from the video, it confirms, in the internet heaps.
  7. Marzhecki Offline
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 28 August 2019 07: 10
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    Quote: newbornGP
    Yeah. It remains only to add. Accustomed to beg, freebie and at the same time deceive, and be always dissatisfied. And RB in its pure form will succeed!

    Well cut.
    1. Oleg RB Offline
      Oleg RB (Oleg) 28 August 2019 11: 36
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      Bad he cut.wink
      Because he did not say anything new. Boring.
  8. A.Lex Offline
    A.Lex (Secret information) 28 August 2019 07: 34
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    For Sergey Marzhetsky. You have an inaccuracy in the text:

    By the way, the number of executions for the years of repression of the thirties did not exceed 1 million

    As I understand it, you are referring readers to the famous Rudenko memorandum. So, this note considers the period NOT 30s, and the period from 1921 to February 1, 1954, and this is more than 30 years. Next - the number of executions. There were MUCH fewer than 1 million. And to be more precise (and this is IMPORTANT !!!) - 642.
    I completely agree with you otherwise, BUT - against such "figures" that you wrote about, you have to be VERY accurate, including in numbers.
    1. Oleg RB Offline
      Oleg RB (Oleg) 28 August 2019 18: 36
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      For you it makes no difference, one innocently shot, or a lemon?
      1. A.Lex Offline
        A.Lex (Secret information) 29 August 2019 12: 40
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        Unjustly convicted were always, at all times and in ALL countries. But for some reason, only Russia in this is terrible and terrible. Why not take the same USA? Let’s see how the situation is over the years on the example of England? Or maybe the Germans had a different way? No, not really. It was just that you and those like you were instructed to bark at Russia (no matter what system it was in).
        And one more thing ... DON'T GIVE GOD you will come to power ONCE AGAIN - the country (any of the former USSR) will wash itself with blood. For it has already been historically proven that as soon as such a creak liberda, like you and your kind, come to power, chaos and devastation ensue in the country, and population losses reach unbelievable numbers. The post-Soviet years in Russia (we will omit the rest of the rep.) - for example, the loss of population with the collapse of the USSR reached approximately 30 million.
  9. YATWIAG. BY Offline
    YATWIAG. BY (Cheslav) 28 August 2019 10: 37
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    As a person who was born in Russia and lived a large part of his life there, I can say what Russia repels right away when you come to it ... The first thing that catches your eye is dirt and garbage, the second is a rather low level of culture people. They also kill on the spot - these are tall, impenetrable fences in the private sector ... And these fences say a lot. ))) The culture of driving cars and the roads themselves ... Inactive laws. These nuances, of course, are many in fact, but these, in my opinion, are the most striking.
    1. wichera65 Offline
      wichera65 (Vladimir Baranlv) 28 August 2019 19: 21
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      Do not go over the high fence. It hurts so you're curious.
    2. A.Lex Offline
      A.Lex (Secret information) 29 August 2019 12: 46
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      Cheslav, I noticed a long time ago - most of those who left the USSR-Russia are beginning to blame their FORMER Homeland. I'm just wondering - what is this connected with? Maybe with the fact that life in the "beautiful foreign land" was not so beautifully fabulous, and life did not work out there? And in order to justify your failure, it is necessary to shit harder on your FORMER Homeland? Or (if nevertheless something happened there) are you trying to curry favor? I see no more explanation for such rhetoric ...
      By the way! Have you been (where you live) for a long time on the outskirts of your city (in its depressed areas)? What do you have there - perfect order? Just do not la la!
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    17085 (Dmitriy) 28 August 2019 14: 14
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    On duty, I am often abroad, in particular - SGA. I pour out my soul, so to speak)))
    Poverty. In all cities and villages of the SGA, there are crowds of beggars. I went from Olympia pulpit-smelling Tacoma (Washington State) to Olympia to see the places where Kurt Cobain grew up. This was my first such trip through the territory of the SGA, 1994. Used public transport. The shock that I experienced is incomparable with anything. I refuse to understand the emigrants to the SGA, from the word - completely. Camp, landfill, ghetto, impenetrable poverty, NOT ONE BLACK !!! Maybe because of this I came back whole.
    Then more than once, in many cities of the SGA, he came across the camps of beggars in all wastelands, as in a movie, basking in bonfires from cut barrels.
    Indifference. Aggression. No one will ever help you, even if you ask. At best, they’ll call 911 without even understanding your question. I tried to find out where to buy a city map (there weren’t any smartphones yet), they didn’t say it, but they called the police.
    War. SGA embraced by a quiet civil war. The Rednecks hate white-collar workers, who in turn openly despise the Rednecks. It is easier to make friends with a black man than with a Vasp. Crime occupies entire areas. Ethnic enclaves are brewed in their own juice, for external prosperity is an absolute rejection of state order. All this is covered by a mask of tolerance, i.e. there is no problem. It is in moments of weakening state control that patriotism is expressed in the looting of shopping centers.
    Enemies Each president of the SGA considers it a rule to create his own, albeit small, list of enemies, as a result - cruel total propaganda in every word, in every statement. If the Russians save their forests from fires, but somehow totalitarian.
    Religion. The Institute of Religion in the SGA is held mainly by sects led by all sorts of showmen and emigrants. Yes, like that. If you want to be a member of their society, you must be noted in the local community, about which you must bring a note to your curator. It’s better to light up in a local “combat leaflet” issued by almost every community between paid ads, such as “I will accept a gift or for a nominal fee a 7x8 beige-colored carpet” and a crossword puzzle.
    Education. The most competent lower-level workers are former sergeants of the Army and Navy of the SGA. Having saved up money, the guys are tearing the veins to make their dreams come true. Try to finish the university after 30. Not everyone will decide, so ... weekly or monthly courses, and you get 10, or even $ 20 per hour. But you have to pay for everything. If there is no money for education, there is no money. Seasonal handymen, those ordinary peasants, generally can not connect a couple of words.
    You can continue for a long time. All of the above, my personal experience gained from communicating with citizens of the SGA and emigrants, mainly the USSR. I did not meet emigrants from modern Russia.
    1. YATWIAG. BY Offline
      YATWIAG. BY (Cheslav) 28 August 2019 16: 28
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      The time has come for storytelling stories ...)))
      1. Oleg RB Offline
        Oleg RB (Oleg) 28 August 2019 18: 38
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        Like, like about bears, in crowds walking around Russian cities with a balalaika in one hand, vodka in the other, and with a nuclear power station in a backpack.
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    Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 29 August 2019 15: 09
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    They hate people from Russia who separated from Russia from the republics of the former USSR, and not all, and they hate not just like that, but for the cause, because in these republics there were pogroms of the Russian population on ethnic grounds ... And when these gentlemen, when they arrived or lived in Russia, they begin to bully the indigenous population with their boorish behavior, they can get nuts ... And this is normal, because if you come to someone else’s apartment and start to be rude to the owners, they will also lower you from the stairs ... I’ve never seen to beat Vietnamese in the Russian Federation for the fact that they are not Russian, or Yakuts .. It’s not necessary to make a tragedy out of the fact that in Russia, where 84% of Russians hate Russophobes ... They don’t like Russia and Russians, don’t come to Russia, nobody forcibly drives you here and nobody keeps forcibly in Russia!
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    Marzhecki (Sergei) 30 August 2019 08: 00
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    Quote: Oleg RB
    Bad he cut.wink
    Because he did not say anything new. Boring.

    In the case, however.
  13. Nikolay Malyugin (Nikolai Malyugin) 28 September 2019 08: 33
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    People are divided into those who look at life as it is. And for those who want to see this life with their eyes. One sweetly sprinkles life with oil, the other takes a pinch of truth and mead of lies. And each of these people cares for the truth.