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Dima
My difficult question. Russians are arrogant. Russians are intolerant. Russians are impolite. And so on. I'm a Russian man and I care about it. Yes, I know it's a dangerous post maybe and even though incorrect, but I'm very interested in discussion about this topic. Please tell me all you think about Russians. Feel free.
Apr 14, 2019 2:44 AM
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I have many Russian students and I enjoy my sessions with them. Russians are wonderful people. I love Russia and my Russian students.
April 14, 2019
The stereotypes for Russians in America are that they are very tough and hardy, but also love ballet for some reason. Our governments have almost always been unfriendly to each other, so most Americans believe Russia to be an overly aggressive and war-like country that is pretending to be a republic but is actually not. Whether any of that is accurate or fair from your point of view, I do not know since I don't know any Russians.
April 14, 2019
I tutored a Russian woman today, and this was my first time ever talking directly with a Russian person.

She was wonderful.

Edit: That said, if you mean what is the common cultural stereotype of Russians, as people, in my country (the US), it has to do with the idea that they/you are very stoic, very spiritually deep, "long suffering", very emotionally unexpressive or even taciturn, and that you folks pour out all your deep, complex emotions in your literature. This supposedly makes your literature sublimely profound, and almost unfathomly intellectually rigorous.

The thing is, these ideas are really just extensions of how Americans tend to think about Europeans in general. There is a lot of overlap between how Americans think about cultural stereotypes of the French, the Italians, the Spanish, the Germans, and the Russians.

You are all "Old Worlders".

April 14, 2019

The Russians I got to know through work are very direct and do not use many 'flowery' words. That is why Koreans (I work in South Korea) think them unfriendly, because according to Korean manners this is not considered polite. But this is just their culture, they are not unfriendly. Since some years many Russians travel to India and South East Asia (such as Vietnam, Thailand and so on). Many of them do not know English, that's why communication is not easy. When you do not share a language, this is a fertile ground for prejudices. The same is true for the Chinese traveling abroad. But the Russians I met were nice people (like most people you meet). There is no country where I would say 'they are bad people'. 

Next month I will go for the first time to Russia, we will visit Vladiwostok, the ruler of the East, and Ussyrisk, a town 80km close to Vladivostok. Any recommendations?

It's pretty complicated to make the visa. I need an invitation which you have to make through a travel agency, an insurance specially for Russia, a letter with details of your travel and an interview at the embassy. 

April 14, 2019
Alex, it is complicated and I don't like it. The same actually is true for Austria, but there is an easy way to solve this.

Russian visa policies are often mutual. We are mutually visa-free with the whole of South America. We also would love to be visa-free with EU, but EU doesnt' want this, so we impose restrictions for Europeans.
This all is understandable but... it has nothing to do with your situation as a tourist and it is you who suffers from this.

In Europe there are countries like Italy: after you have applied for their visa a couple of times, they just give you two years multi-visa. And then you travel in Europe. And there are countries like Austria: when you're invited to a workshop there for 8 days, Austria gives you visa for...9 days. Russia behaves this way:/ Again it is not a problem for those Russians who want to visit Austria: an Italian multi-visa.
April 14, 2019
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