The British about life in Russia, the enmity of Russian and Anglo-Saxons, and sobering

Russia and Great Britain are two former world empires that traditionally competed with each other in Europe. It is believed that the British and Russians can not stand each other. Is this really so, and what a subject of Her Majesty saw our country, told the portal Ru_Open British actor, producer and translator Tobin Oder.

Interest in Russia

How can an ordinary Englishman have a strange, at first glance, desire to live in Russia? Tobin explains that Russian literature “led us” by the hand. As a child, he read a lot of Tolstoy, Gogol and Dostoevsky. At first in translation, and then decided to study Russian and read in the original. In particular, he mastered Anna Karenina on the great and powerful several times already. However, in the year that he took himself to study the Russian language, he did not meet his needs, because for twenty years he has been living and working in Russia.

Communal horrors

Upon arrival, the Briton was in Russia of the sample of the nineties. He had to live in a communal apartment with several people, and it was hardcore. He rented a room with a family consisting of a mother and daughter, and so he had to move to a closet, where they huddled together. The gallant Englishman suggested that they switch places, but they refused. Even in this communal apartment in a separate room there lived some granny who hated everyone, and there was a continuous war between neighbors. According to Tobin, it was a real school of Russian life.

It is noteworthy that something similar is predicted in the traditionally richer countries of the West, for example, in the USA. Many people are getting poorer and can no longer afford separate housing. They organize "cooperatives" for joint renting and living.


This is another Russian chip, which the Englishman was forced to meet in due time. There is nothing like this in the West, so getting into it was a big surprise for Tobin. Once he was drinking at a friend’s party, and woke up in a sobering-up station, not remembering how he found himself there. Subsequently, he found out that he was drunk with a friend in the yard, and police officers drove up to him. Tobin tried to hit them (!), But instead of shooting him, as the brave American cops are supposed to, they drove him to oversleep.

At the same time, nobody beat him half to death, although he had to be dragged away from the police with the help of a friend. “Sobering services” and valuable experience cost him 73 rubles; he keeps the receipt to this day.

About Russians

Tobin calls our compatriots "forest people" because of their tightness. So, in England it is customary for everyone to smile and say hello, and in Russia this is considered "cretinism":

It seems to me that the Russians are forest people, suddenly someone appears, and you are in the forest, sandwiched people. If you are not a forest man, then seeing how a man is approaching you, you are preparing to say “hello”. This is my theory.

What do you like in Russia

Literature. It was she who brought the Englishman to Russia. He especially emphasizes "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk", where he saw not only drama, but also sex.

Music. Among domestic pops, the British prefers the Tatu group, which at one time was No. 1 in England and Japan. It was a tremendous international success.

Russian proverbs and sayings, among which the beloved "Work is not a wolf, will not run away into the forest."

Central heating. In Russia, even at minus 30 and minus 40 it is warm in apartments. In the UK, it is cold in houses and apartments; drafts are walking along them. Accustomed in Russia to walk at home without shoes, visiting his parents on the island, he had to wear shoes again in winter.

What do not like in Russia

Tobin does not like our non-punctuality, which he himself contracted. If the Englishman is 10 minutes late for the meeting, it means that he was hit by a car, or something else serious happened. The Russians, in his opinion, are calmer.

The feud of Russians and Anglo-Saxons

There is a myth that the discord between Russia and Britain began after Queen Elizabeth I rejected the proposal for marriage from the Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible. True, she refused to everyone, earning her the nickname “virgin queen,” and she was under fifty at the time of the match.

Tobin has a humorous attitude towards this version, rightly believing that the reason for the enmity between the two empires was the discrepancy between their national interests. When they coincided, for example, in the Patriotic War of 1812, World War II, the Russians and the British interacted very effectively.
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  1. g1washntwn Offline g1washntwn
    g1washntwn (George Washington) 5 February 2020 07: 15
    Interpersonal relationships are not at all the same as the global confrontation of different systems. Tell us better why, after a career as a Russophobe, representatives of the same retired Britain, almost all of them suddenly begin to see the light and start talking about "peace, friendship, chewing gum"?
    1. boriz Offline boriz
      boriz (boriz) 29 March 2020 18: 41
      Not always "after". Both Boris Johnson (when he was mayor of London) and Frederica Mogherini (when she was the Italian Foreign Ministry) spoke quite sane things about relations with Russia. But as soon as they reached the next level, they were told what to say and do. And the repertoire has changed radically.
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 5 February 2020 09: 13
    For the same reason that children of ardent patriots and anger haters go to English schools ....
    And the oligarchs are suing for Norilsk Nickel in London ...
  3. Yes, our cops for a drunken man forgive a lot! A drunkard is a man of God!
    1. art573 Offline art573
      art573 (Artyom Vladimirovich Yarovikov) 8 February 2020 01: 40
      Now detoxification will open again. Just how will they arrange people without finance? Due to the municipal budget?
      1. And you have to!
  4. Regis Offline Regis
    Regis (Sergey Kopan) 3 March 2020 10: 40
    Well, yes, smile, because you are not a sincere Anglo-Saxon or Russian, not a very smart copycat. And hostility began when England began to poison Russian tsars, like rats, and climb into the government, that's all.
  5. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 29 March 2020 18: 36
    Tobin has a humorous attitude towards this version, rightly believing that the reason - the enmity between the two empires - was the mismatch of their national interests. When they coincided, for example, in the Patriotic War of 1812, World War II, ...

    A strange understanding of history and geopolitics.
    From the point of view of Russia's interests, neither these wars, nor the WWI, Russia had to get involved categorically. From the word "absolutely".
    And the feud began after their Moscow company wanted too many preferences in trade through the territory of Russia (in general, they did not want to pay any taxes), and Ivan Vasilyevich threw them out of Russia. As a result, the British poisoned him.
    The British company transformed the British company into the East India. Looking at the style and results of the work of this company (only two Opium wars are worth it), you understand how right Ivan Vasilievich was.