“Russian vodka for breakfast”: what stereotypes the Serb got rid of

The image of Russia abroad is formed mainly by Western media and cinema. "Eating" vodka for Russian breakfast - that's how they see us even in traditionally friendly Serbia. A native of this Slavic country, Dragan Nikolic, traveled to Russia with his girlfriend and told the portal Ru_Open about how after this the imposed false stereotypes collapsed.

Dragan was born in the eastern part of Serbia and initially had a good relationship with our country and the Russians as fraternal Serbs to the people, but now he admits that he was previously influenced by false stereotypes. He was encouraged to visit Russia by a girl who had studied with us three years before.


As it is now quite fashionable among foreign tourists, the couple decided to travel across the country by train, from Moscow to Vladivostok, be sure to visit Lake Baikal. They could not get to Vladivostok due to lack of time, but young people visited not only the capital, but also the Russian hinterland: Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, and also spent four days on Olkhon. Thanks to this, the Serbs compiled a more complete picture of our realities, and this is what they say.

About Russia

Our country is truly gigantic — by train on the Trans-Siberian Railway, Dragan and his girlfriend passed several time zones. The country is great, great and the contrasts: Moscow and St. Petersburg shine delightfully, you can make the wrong impression that all Russians are bathing in money and luxury. But the farther from both capitals, the poorer Russians generally live. Of the regional centers, Nikolik was most distinguished by Kazan, the most beautiful city with the ancient Kremlin, standing on two rivers. The capital of Tatarstan somehow reminded him of his native Belgrade.

With its size, Russia is still “wild”. Dragan, so to speak, implies Russian nature, completely unknown Siberia. The most delightful place, according to the Serb, is Baikal and its Olkhon. This is a territory for relaxing in unspoiled nature alone with yourself.

About Russians

Brought up in Western cinema and a television show, the young Serb believed that Russian people are extremely conservative and cold, who love to drink vodka for breakfast, and there should be a lot of drunk everywhere. The reality was somewhat different. Dragan never found any differences between the Russians and the Serbs.

About Russian cuisine

Having visited our country, the young couple also tried its multinational cuisine: Russian cabbage soup, Ukrainian borsch, Tatar chak-chak, Buryat poses and shawarma. All liked it. The only thing that Nikolik regrets was that he did not have a chance to taste the Baikal omul, since fishing was prohibited at the time when they were on the lake.

Summing up, we can say that Russia turned out to be a big fraternal Orthodox country for a young Serb with a people very close in blood and spirit.
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  1. Nick Offline Nick
    Nick (Nikolai) 9 January 2020 12: 49
    Yes, if the Serbs have such stereotypes about Russia, then what do Portugal think of us? Where does RT look?
    1. Aleksey Glotov Offline Aleksey Glotov
      Aleksey Glotov (alexey glotov) 9 January 2020 13: 41
      Looks RT in his pocket.
  2. Altona Offline Altona
    Altona (Eugene) 9 January 2020 15: 35
    In addition to vodka, we walk the bears, ride tanks, dance the viburnum-raspberry and play the balalaika. Well, in Siberia they play accordion. )))
  3. gore Offline gore
    gore (Alexander) 10 January 2020 06: 47
    Tomorrow the EU will raise a kipish against Russia, and this Serb "with a people very close in blood and spirit" will pick up a machine gun and go to fight against the "wild" ...
  4. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 10 January 2020 07: 03
    Quote: gore
    Tomorrow the EU will raise a kipish against Russia, and this Serb with "a people very close in blood and spirit" will pick up a machine gun and go to fight against the "wild" ...

    Not so long ago, Hitler had already organized an anti-Soviet kipish, but the Serbs did not participate in it, unlike other brothers.
  5. Dzafdet Offline Dzafdet
    Dzafdet (Sergei) 10 January 2020 19: 45
    The train went from Kiev, a year that way 1983..In Chelyabinsk, a young flyer was distributing. He asked my mother if there are more than 4 floors in Chelyabinsk, if all the sidewalks are wooden and if there are bears on the streets. 1983, Karl, times of the USSR ...