Why Russian identity is irritating in the West


One of the main advantages of the Russian person can be considered his resourcefulness. "Smekalka" helps to fix a broken car with a sledgehammer right in the field, tells you where to put a magnet to stop the water meter, or get the hang of opening the tap in a thin stream so that it just doesn't show anything. In the West, many "Russian chips" cause misunderstanding or even rejection.


For example, in the UK, Russians are deeply irritated by the “bad habit” of bathing frequently. Those who have had a chance to live according to special programs in English families say that the owners quickly begin to look askance at them because of the love of the guests to regularly take a bath or shower. The explanation is very simple: water for the inhabitants of Foggy Albion is expensive, so it is heavily economized on its use.

The same can be said about warmth. It costs a lot of money to heat an apartment in winter, so the average Briton's home is cold and even there his whole family dresses tightly. From childhood, they are taught to endure the cold and walk lightly dressed, no matter how many degrees are on the thermometer. Those subjects of Her Majesty who decided to move to live in Russia consider central heating a great blessing of civilization.

The Americans who have visited us are also surprised by some local peculiarities. For example, not everyone understands why there are curtains on the windows. They themselves in the USA use blinds only for protection from the hot sun or light curtains for decorative purposes. It is not customary to look with curiosity into other people's windows to see how other people live. But, unlike the States, where the walls of rented apartments are often upholstered with soundproof fabric, here, thanks to the relatively thin walls and ceilings, you can listen to how and what neighbors live.

The residents of the Old and New World are surprised by the fact that Russians do not have the habit of sorting garbage. Some foreigners, by their habit, divide their waste into organic, paper and plastic-glass, but as a rule, a common container awaits them in their yards. True, now the fashion for the separate collection of garbage has started to penetrate into our country. Foreigners are also amazed by the fact that every Russian family has its own washing machine. The reason is the same - expensive water and electricity in the US and Europe. Because of this, not everyone has their own washing machines, and some Americans and Europeans still use shared laundry facilities.

The guests of our country are also unpleasantly surprised that not so many Russians are fluent in English as they would like, which is a problem when communicating with tourists. But foreign women pay tribute to Russian men, who are more gallant gentlemen than, for example, Italians. The latter, in order to attract attention, instead of flowers or another compliment, prefer to whistle roughly or say something "greasy". Initially, Russians seem cold and rude to visitors from the EU or the US, because they do not have the habit of smiling all the time, but gradually some even find their advantages in this.

Some foreigners do not like Russian cuisine as it is very fatty, others, on the contrary, find it excellent, especially highlighting cheese cakes, dumplings and herring.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 23 August 2020 11: 34
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    Ha. Yes, it's just an idyll described. Only the headline spoils and provokes everything.
    Eaters of frogs, snobs-drinkers, but niggers Roma - that you can read about their reviews about the neighbors, and we are not far behind.
  2. Andrei Shtyubov Offline Andrei Shtyubov
    Andrei Shtyubov (andrey pieces) 23 August 2020 13: 42
    +1
    We again do not allow them to live on a grand scale !! Considering the past ... and the present ...!
  3. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 23 August 2020 14: 11
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    Where is the sea on Plyuk? A long time ago they made a lutz of them.

    Kin-Dza-Dza

    For example, in the UK, Russians are deeply irritated by the “bad habit” of bathing frequently.
    The same can be said about warmth. Heating an apartment in winter costs a lot of money, so the average Briton's home is cold, and even there his whole family dresses tightly. From childhood, they are taught to endure the cold and walk lightly dressed, regardless of how many degrees are on the thermometer.

    - But such a "custom" and the temperature in the apartment (central heating) for ordinary people ... - this is all the Bolsheviks "invented" ... - And the customs of Russia ... - there is nothing to do with it ... - Before that there was a bath on Saturdays ... - also not so often ... - and the working people then often worked until they sweat (so ... - a bath once a week ... is not such a luxury) and in many huts it was ... - also not hotter than in English apartments ...
    - This is all the "damned" Bolsheviks introduced for the common people; under these "cursed Bolsheviks" thousands of cities were built; and houses (apartments) in these cities were given to the common people for free (from factories and plants) ... - And in these apartments there were ... - gas and electricity, and hot water, and central heating ...
    - But who will believe in it now ... - it only happens in fairy tales ...
    - And why did the British dislike the Bolsheviks all the time ... - it turns out, they just envied ... - Hahah ...
    1. Cyril Offline Cyril
      Cyril (Kirill) 23 August 2020 19: 07
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      - This is all the "damned" Bolsheviks introduced for the common people; under these "cursed Bolsheviks" thousands of cities were built; and houses (apartments) in these cities were given to the common people for free (from factories and plants) ... - And in these apartments there were ... - gas and electricity, and hot water, and central heating ...

      Social housing is not an invention of the Bolsheviks, but of Western countries. Even before Khrushchev began to embody the "housing solution", social housing appeared in the 50s in Germany, Great Britain and some other European countries, as well as in the United States.
  4. Old man Offline Old man
    Old man (Old man) 23 August 2020 14: 33
    +1
    These are all non-explanatory little things. Much more important and cognitive is that Russia is the NUCLEUS and the West is the PERIPHERAL. ("The Concept of the Core and Periphery") This really says a lot and explains a lot.
    1. Cyril Offline Cyril
      Cyril (Kirill) 23 August 2020 18: 49
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      laughing This "concept" was born in not very smart minds.
      1. Old man Offline Old man
        Old man (Old man) 24 August 2020 08: 12
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        Is it really not clear at all? Maybe something to clarify?
        1. Cyril Offline Cyril
          Cyril (Kirill) 24 August 2020 09: 28
          -2
          Why, everything is clear with you :)
          1. Old man Offline Old man
            Old man (Old man) 24 August 2020 11: 57
            +1
            Clear. Thank you for reading Core and Periphery Concept.
            All the best.
  5. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 23 August 2020 15: 01
    -2
    Chubais said that three classes of education are enough in Russia. And all other education must be paid. Under Putin, this predictor, everything comes true. Even if not right away.
    1. A.Lex Offline A.Lex
      A.Lex (Secret information) 24 August 2020 07: 40
      +2
      These "predictions" began not with GDP, but with the collapse of the USSR - Borka the drunk (for the sake of power) was ready and not only for the destruction of the USSR, but also for the partition of Russia. But here, luckily for him (otherwise there would be a civil war, with the transition to an all-planetary one - nuclear weapons would have been launched by the Yankees unambiguously), his associates told him that he would end up badly if he continued to divide the country further ...
      Therefore, "steel maker", do not invent something that was not in reality.
    2. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline Oyo Sarkazmi
      Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 24 August 2020 08: 11
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      Quote: steel maker
      Under Putin, ... everything comes true. Even if not right away.

      Yes, not right away. Like poisonous coffee. It kills some in 110 years.
    3. polev66 Offline polev66
      polev66 (Alexander) 31 August 2020 20: 59
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      I have been living under Putin for 20 years, the child managed to go to kindergarten, school and university ... and everything is free. Maybe he is just smart and his parents follow and educate him, and not whine on the sites uselessly?
  6. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
    Oleg Rambover (Oleg Rambover) 23 August 2020 16: 32
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    Delirium of some kind, no matter how much I was in the "West", did not come across anything like that.
    1. commbatant Offline commbatant
      commbatant (Sergei) 23 August 2020 17: 59
      +2
      What exactly? With expensive utilities, transport and housing (especially in England)?
      1. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
        Oleg Rambover (Oleg Rambover) 23 August 2020 19: 40
        +1
        For Russians (or Russian identity) to be irritated. Do you think Russian identity is expressed in the cost of housing and communal services, transport and housing? Although I doubt that someone will be able to express in words what kind of originality such Russian is.
        1. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline Oyo Sarkazmi
          Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 24 August 2020 08: 14
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          Quote: Oleg Rambover
          Do you think Russian identity is expressed in the cost of housing and communal services, transport and housing?

          Of course, this is not the point. And the habit of immediately giving in the face as soon as the visiting colonizer says "This is mine!" All over the world they begin to pity "Have mercy, I have children, leave at least crumbs ..." - ours are right in the face. Karl, Napoleon, Chamberlain, Hitler ...
          1. Cyril Offline Cyril
            Cyril (Kirill) 24 August 2020 09: 30
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            And the habit of immediately giving in the face, as soon as the visiting colonizer says "It's mine!"

            The Mongols, too, were "immediately kicked in the face"?) And Karl was somehow "kicked in the face" for too long, Napoleon and Hitler also had time to show off.
            1. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline Oyo Sarkazmi
              Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 24 August 2020 10: 57
              +2
              Well, you can't compare with India and America ... Especially with America, the exchange of land for beads laughing
              1. Cyril Offline Cyril
                Cyril (Kirill) 24 August 2020 11: 02
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                Well, at least you can't compare with African countries, and that's good. So what is the "originality" then?
          2. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
            Oleg Rambover (Oleg Rambover) 24 August 2020 12: 49
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            Quote: Oo sarcasm
            And the habit of immediately giving in the face as soon as the visiting colonizer says "This is mine!" All over the world start to get tired

            Well, just like the Afghans, or the British. So what is the originality?
            1. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline Oyo Sarkazmi
              Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 24 August 2020 14: 24
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              There is nothing to take from the Afghans. Even now. Some small deposits of emeralds, uranium. Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan provide the whole world with uranium.
              The British themselves robbed the whole world for three centuries. And no matter how much they went to Russia, they got it, many ancient families ended on Russian soil. Catherine the Second neatly turned the British off from the newly-born United States of North America.
              Genetic allergy to Russians in Britons. And now the Irish Mafia in the United States.
              The Anglo-Saxons themselves would have readily surrendered to Hitler. Stay in power Chamberlain. Churchill had a personal grudge against the Axis. Didn't buy Hess.
              1. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
                Oleg Rambover (Oleg Rambover) 24 August 2020 15: 06
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                Quote: Oo sarcasm
                There is nothing to take from the Afghans. Even now. Some small deposits of emeralds, uranium. Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan provide the whole world with uranium.

                But the foreign conquerors broke their teeth on the Afghans.
                Haven't you read 1984?

                Quote: Oo sarcasm
                The British themselves robbed the whole world for three centuries.

                I wonder if you ask Central Asians who robbed them for 200 years, what will they say?

                Quote: Oo sarcasm
                Genetic allergy to Russians in Britons.

                This is unscientific and two world wars contradict this.

                Quote: Oo sarcasm
                The Anglo-Saxons themselves would have readily surrendered to Hitler.

                Why didn't you give up? For a year they fought "all of Europe" alone, and even with the friendly (in relation to Germany) neutrality of the USSR.

                So what is the originality?
                1. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline Oyo Sarkazmi
                  Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 24 August 2020 16: 53
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                  Quote: Oleg Rambover
                  Year fought with "all of Europe" alone

                  They fought remotely. There was no reason to give up. And they didn't go to the world.
                  But if Hitler had landed a division in Ireland, they would have reached London under Volyn and Riverdance. Would have surrendered as Singapore surrendered, with a six-month supply of ammunition and food, for lack of fresh tea.
                  After all, when the Nazis entered Denmark, the king of Denmark apologized that a few fools dared to shoot at the German soldiers. A year later, 13 thousand Danes went to the eastern front. It was no different in Britain. The royal family was quite pro-Hitler.
                  1. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
                    Oleg Rambover (Oleg Rambover) 25 August 2020 01: 04
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                    Quote: Oo sarcasm
                    They fought remotely. There was no reason to give up.

                    In Africa and Asia it is quite contactable.

                    Quote: Oo sarcasm
                    But if Hitler had landed a division in Ireland, they would have reached London near Volyn and Riverdance.

                    You have a prejudiced attitude, I wonder if some Englishman writes that the Russians reached Moscow under the balalaika and hopak?

                    Quote: Oo sarcasm
                    A year later, 13 thousand Danes went to the eastern front.

                    Well, yes, where did the Russians go to the Danes, they fought on Hitler's side once or twice and there were no more.

                    So what is the originality?
                    1. alexey alexeyev_2 (Alexey Alekseev) 25 August 2020 03: 10
                      +1
                      Learn to count. The whole SS division was full. The Danes are the third largest group of prisoners of war in the Soviet Union ... After the Germans and the French.
                      1. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
                        Oleg Rambover (Oleg Rambover) 25 August 2020 10: 59
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                        Who can argue, I say that so many Danes fought on Hitler's side, and there were just one or two Russians. Mister mathematician, you would have learned to use Google. The Danes in captivity were less than five hundred people, fifth from the end, less than the Jews. French with 22 thousand in the middle of the list.
                        Maybe you can answer, what is the originality?
  7. Cyril Offline Cyril
    Cyril (Kirill) 23 August 2020 18: 51
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    One of the main advantages of the Russian person can be considered his resourcefulness. "Smekalka" helps to fix a broken car with a sledgehammer right in the field

    I wonder if anyone else believes in this? Well, try to fix a broken "Kruzak" with a sledgehammer in an open field, yeah.

    Well, the title is a typical clickbait and yellowness.
    1. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
      Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 25 August 2020 03: 21
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      Well, a coffin on wheels of Soviet times - yes, you can use a sledgehammer and such and such a mother, but you can't fix a normal car that way.
  8. Bitter Offline Bitter
    Bitter (Gleb) 23 August 2020 21: 53
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    fix a broken car with a sledgehammer right in the field, tells you where to put the magnet to stop the water meter.

    laughing Repair a broken car with a sledgehammer and lose your warranty. It has no analogues in the world. Saving 1000500%.
    Put on a magnet and stop the meter, then they will easily figure you out and, by a court decision, you will pay with interest over the past 10 years. Absolutely savvy, I have already met such savvy specialists in the "west". The pennies are counted after deductions for titles. You don't have to make others fools, and you won't turn out to be such. good

    Russians are deeply irritated by the "bad habit" of bathing frequently. ... to live according to special programs in English families ...
    ... the owners begin to look askance ...

    Naturally, for an hour and a half in the shower, normal people do not wash, and for free, perhaps even in vinegar. So don't splash. wassat

    consider central heating a great blessing of civilization.

    Central heating has been introduced more and more recently, but energy is calculated not in liters or something else, but in kilowatts, and this is not always and everywhere profitable. request

    here, thanks to the relatively thin walls and ceilings, you can listen to how and how the neighbors live.

    This is, perhaps, original, yes but a similar vice of curiosity and thin walls with poor insulation is normal in "western" communal dwellings.

    Foreigners are also struck by the fact that every Russian family has its own washing machine.

    Every normal European family also has a similar machine, otherwise it seems that the Russians brought these hellish devices to the wild Europe. I will not say for America, but I think they do the same. Washing salons are mainly used by students, budget travelers, and some other elements that are called homeless people in Russia.
    1. Cyril Offline Cyril
      Cyril (Kirill) 24 August 2020 11: 03
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      laughing Use a sledgehammer to fix a broken car and lose your warranty. It has no analogues in the world. Saving 1000500%.

      You do not understand, but the feeling of being the most savvy will remain. laughing
  9. Nikolay Malyugin (Nikolai Malyugin) 24 August 2020 20: 31
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    I agree. Let it be Russian. Although much of the above applies to the Soviet. But we are also surprised by the habits of the same Americans. Put your feet on the table and go to bed with these shoes. And from there the infection of a new epidemic. Judge for yourself. Is it better to wash body parts with running water or standing water? Someday we will come to such savings. The only consolation is that I will not live to see this.
    1. Bitter Offline Bitter
      Bitter (Gleb) 25 August 2020 13: 08
      +1
      .... much of the above applies to the Soviet.

      Naturally, in tsarist Russia every Russian had a porcelain toilet bowl and his own bath with running water, and the rest simply either did not fit in, or were not Russian enough.

      Is it better to wash body parts with running water or standing water?

      You can wash in whatever you like, after the bath, they also rinse with a shower.
      In different social strata, and even depending on income, the consumption of electricity and water is monitored in different ways. Well, of course, it also depends on the upbringing and the personality itself. Everyone has the opportunity to wash, and who implements it and how is a personal matter for everyone.
      1. Nikolay Malyugin (Nikolai Malyugin) 25 August 2020 16: 25
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        Every Russian had a porcelain toilet ...

        Many Russians washed in the ovens. In your opinion, whoever did not fit in was not Russian enough. You don’t say anywhere. At best, they will laugh.
        1. Bitter Offline Bitter
          Bitter (Gleb) 26 August 2020 11: 32
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          Well, yes, I understand, in the morning they played tramps, barge haulers or serfs, and in the evening they went to the bathhouse with the Boyar-Barin. Some in white and some in black.
  10. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 25 August 2020 22: 04
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    How everything is running under Putin !! I didn’t think that there are Chubais fans here. Hey people! What are you, quite cuckoo!
  11. shinobi Offline shinobi
    shinobi (Yuri) 15 September 2020 05: 14
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    Strange. In Russia, the average temperature in winter is -18 // -22. I would have seen how they would save on heat, we would have saved. In England, + 8 // 0 degrees, if it drops to -10 (it happens sometimes) then this is a kapets for them So cold.
  12. stepanoff-o.stepanov (Oleg Stepanov) 22 September 2020 19: 00
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    Why should I speak English at home if they are our guests? You have come to me, be so kind as to know at least a little Russian!
  13. Alexander Naydenov (Alexander Naydenov) 28 September 2020 19: 17
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    Western civilization waged all wars against Russian civilization for one reason: we have different ideals in life, a different concept of social structure. The West has always lived in a crowd- "elite" structure of society and cultivated such a society in order to prevent the biological species "Homo sapiens" from becoming a Man, and in the Russian civilization there was always a desire to live according to the Bolsheviks, which was the case under Stalin and before the baptism of fire and sword Rus. Bolshevism is when every person lives for the sake of the future of the whole society (from each, if possible, to each according to his need), this is when there are no masters over a person except God. Bolshevism is the rule of the majority, taking into account the interests of the minority. It was in Bolshevism that Western civilization always saw a threat from the Russian civilization, and therefore set the entire fascist Europe to Hitler with the task: the physical extermination of all carriers of the concept of life, alien to the West.
  14. Elen_msk Offline Elen_msk
    Elen_msk (Inna Belkina) 6 October 2020 05: 47
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    Well, such bearded cliches! Was the newcomer too lazy to dig out ?? ((Comments are more interesting
  15. Sanya Caucasian Offline Sanya Caucasian
    Sanya Caucasian (Faust Sataneev) 7 November 2020 00: 01
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    In general, it is parallel to me that these unwashed dogs think of us.
  16. Sergey Pedenko Offline Sergey Pedenko
    Sergey Pedenko (Sergey Pedenko) 20 November 2020 10: 04
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    at the expense of the laundry, it is not their poverty, but hygiene, less dust, less stink from powder, at the expense of heating, it is wasteful here, I remember when there were no water meters, no one saved, now it's different if everyone is heated individually, we will also dress for the night, pay less //