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"...What I tell you three times is true" (Lewis Carroll, "Hunting of the Snark" ).

The nasty Russians

There are many articles about nasty Russian tourists with their awful behavior abroad. Unfortunately, it is a fact. Its a pity all the more, because the people in the European countries used to judge by them the whole nation. I cant help but ask myself questions like why are they so nasty and ill-educated? Who are these nasty Russians? Am I nasty? What shall we do to change the situation? Id like to discuss it immediately.

First of all, those nasty Russians come from the classes, which cannot let themselves to travel often. They are working a whole year to make one journey for a couple of weeks. It leads to excesses and extravagancy. The wish to enjoy life to the full in itself is not a bad thing, but the fulfillment of the wish can lead to the unpredictable effects. The income poverty, which doesnt let the people to be used to travel abroad, is the main reason. It is not a justification, but maybe the Russian women wear their best dresses and jewelry abroad not to vamp European men, but simply because this week abroad for them is their holidays, and not habitual vacation. So they wear all the best. Of course, the tasteless clothes are the most harmless prank my fellow nationals allow themselves abroad.

Secondly, not all my fellow nationals are so ill-educated. You simply dont identify them as Russians. But even a well-brought-up person can get crazy after the questions about vodka, bears, walking down Tverskaya Street or simply sidelong glances, being cast at you if you are a woman. Almost every Russian woman is valued like a prostitute or stalker. The people speak with you very kindly until they know your nationality. It makes me flare.

The thing that not all the people they call the Russians are actually coming from the Russian Federation is a little consolation. I have noticed that all the CIS (former Soviet Union) natives are regarded as the Russians.

The only way to stop it I see is to begin respecting ourselves. We can do it still, because of the plenty of factors: the lack of the humanistic traditions in the culture and the results of the propaganda of the 1990-s, the substance of which can be reduced to: everything the Russian is bad, everything western is good. We should learn respect ourselves, without self-humiliation or ego trip. Only the person with self-respect can be a really civilized one and respect the others.

But recognizing all the weaknesses of the Russians, I want to ask: is it normal for the civilized world, which has relieved the Second World War to organize services without Russians or not for Russians? I suppose it looks like discrimination between nationalities. The flow of the Russian wild tourists could be stopped soon because of the crisis, but this fact remains the fact.

Cultivating her abilities, Y.B.

September 7, 2009 23:51

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