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True Muscovites: how do they look like?

This article is devoted to a topic I have mentioned in the previous one
. It is about the people, who knows the way to the street you need and tells you the way, who live in the city and not only goes to the office and home. This category of the Moscow population is not numerous; moreover it is like endangered species for a score of reasons. But it is still possible to identify the Muscovites by some measures. Most these measures are indicative for the native-born public of the other European and American cities, some of them - not.

The first thing to be noticed is clothes. The Muscovites never wear the brands: neither simulated D&G nor the true ones. First is for provincials, second for the new rich. Their clothes look a little extravagant, but not tasteless. By the way, they descend to second hand and thrift shops. The women like to wear wraps and exotic accessories, for example, big bracelets. But they wear gold almost never. Their head-dress is a little floppy, accurate set is incompatible with them. Of course, I dont speak about the office clerks, whose appearance is determined by the dress-code.

Secondly, the mode of speaking distinguishes the Muscovites from the guests of the capital. As a rule, the Muscovites are educated and well-mannered people. They never speak loudly. This parlance, excruciating politeness and slight humor are distinctive features of the true Muscovites speech. This style was worked out in the large communal apartments, where several different families had to share a big, but one flat, to avoid unnecessary conflicts.

Thirdly, most Muscovites use public transport and find pleasure in walking. They like reading newspapers in the transport. One of the best indicators is a newspaper Kommersant. But if they have a car, it looks also a little off-handedly. Their cars cannot be too expensive, too new and too clean. Muscovites usually buy used cars, because are not serious about them, like about clothes. They dont pay too much attention to the presentability and corresponding with the face of the respectable people with respectable cars. The Muscovites car is nothing more than a car.

Fourthly, if you are invited for a cup of tea by the Muscovite, you can notice, the flat of the true Muscovite also has its particular qualities. First of all, it is situated on the skirts. Although their parents and the parents of their parents lived in Moscow, in the districts, which are valued as central ones now, the contemporary Muscovites live in the dormitory districts. It is so, because the city administration gave them municipal flats during the program of separating the communal apartments.

Their former flats are placed by the offices or by the new-rich people, coming from other regions. The thing to be noticed inside the flat is old furniture and antique accessories, like old long-case clock. These things are not the antiques bought by the hosts in the antique shop: they are devolved. One more particular quality of the true Muscovites apartment is bookcases full of books and old photos, presenting the people wearing hats (and not kerchiefs or caps).

To summarize, the true Muscovites are the high-educated and well-bred. They amount to 10% of the people, living in Moscow, and such a problem finds place in St. Petersburg and in some European cities as well. These people are self-confident enough for thinking not very much about their corresponding with the fashion or the face of a respectable person. Thats why they are very different, but they equally distinguish from the others, fighting for their status through the brand-clothes and expensive cars.

Yulia Buzykina

August 10, 2009 16:50

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