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St. Petersburg => Survival tips and local custom => Topic started by: Mariria on January 21, 2010, 08:30:30 AM

Title: Drinks and stereotypes about Russia
Post by: Mariria on January 21, 2010, 08:30:30 AM
There are a lot of stereotypes about Russia.
One of them about Russian drinking habits, so if you somehow find yourself enmeshed in a vodka session with locals, don't try to keep up. They have had way more practice.
[i]Vodka[/i] is cheap and there are oodles of different brands with cool labels to choose from. Russki Standard, Diplomat and Lviz are pretty good, and if you want something more exotic, try Nemiroff: Ukrainian vodka with pepper and honey and others.

Russian [b]pivo[/b] (beer) is good enough, which is why Russians consume more beer than any other alcoholic drinks. Locally brewed Nevskoe, Baltika N7 and Bochkarev are usually on tap and are the mainstay for most Petersburg people. Local designer-beer Tinkoff is also very good.

No Russian celebration is complete without [b]Sovietskoe Shampanskoe [/b] (Soviet Champagne), the national party drink. A bottle of this bubbly, which some like more than the real French stuff, will set you back only 3-5 euros. Sovietskoe Shampanskoe comes in five varieties ranging from very sweet (sladkoe) to dry (sukhoe) and very dry (brut).

Title: Anti-Russian Stereotypes
Post by: mariann on February 17, 2010, 01:26:15 AM
The extent of Russophobia varies country by country and depends not only on the geography but also the fraction of the society. The intensity of Russophobia in various countries evolved throughout history, and relies on old stereotypes.
Anti-Russian sentiment refers to a dislikes or fears of Russia, Russians, or Russian culture, including Russophobia.
Imperial Russia has been multiethnic for many centuries and this fact has survived on into its successor state, the former Soviet Union. Throughout their history several ethnic stereotypes have developed, often shared with those produced by other ethnicities (usually with the understandable exception of the ethnicity in question, but not always).
Russians are a stereotype in Russian jokes [i]themselves[/i] when set next to other stereotyped ethnicities. Thus, the Russian appearing in a triple joke with two Westerners, like a Pole, German, French, American or Englishman, will provide for a [i]self-ironic [/i] punchline depicting him as simple-minded and negligently careless but physically robust, which often ensures he retains the upper hand over his less naive Western counterparts.

There has always been a tendency in Russia for foreigners to be treated differently from the natives. Foreign tourists have been allowed to queue-barge into museums ahead of a patient line of Russians who may have travelled just as far, or further, to be there. Many Russian cities have tourist hotels which were built only for the use of foreign visitors, and - notoriously - until the recent change of regime, Russians were not even allowed into the best hotels in Moscow or St.Petersburg unless a foreign friend met them at the door and escorted them in past the doorman.

Despite their apparently deferential treatment of them, deep down Russians do not think highly of other nationalities and their attitude to foreigners is both defensive and aggressive.

Deep down inside all of Russians are very kind and forgiving.
YOu just have to show that you have love for them and you came with peace :).
Title: Re: Drinks and stereotypes about Russia
Post by: laurentius on February 21, 2010, 04:48:20 PM
Russophobia. To me this just a term made up by Russian political elite to control the people. "They", "west" or whatever are always against Russia, trying to destroy it etc. "We" against "them".

The truth is that the Russians themselves have over the history shown to be something to be afraid of. Most of your neighbours have painfully learned this lesson. The imperialism, colonisation, schauvinism, russification, real-politiks, continuing occupation of Eastern Prussia, Finland and Estonia, atrocities against other nationalities living in Russia. Its an endless list of sins. Never has anyone heard an pology from the Russians. No apologies, just self pity and same old xenophobic rants of "russophobia" or that "they" or "the west" conspriring against you. There is no conspiracy, we are just being realistic with Russia. We are not naive, we just try to stay alive with you as our neighbours. Smaller nations have never had it easy with Russians. Nor have the minorities in Russia.

I hope that someday we might really stop being afraid of you and live like brothers being good to one another. But we all need to face the past and try to right the past wrongs. This is the only way we can put our grudges aside. Things are looking bleak, the nationalistic tendencies are on the rise again. Dont blame us if we are not happy about it, we have our reasons.

I didnt come to htis forum to talk about things like this maybe its not really the right place or time. However I felt compelled to write a reply. I understand you might not agree with me. I assure you that I have nothing against Russian people I wish we could just live long and prosper as neighbours and long lost brothers. Finnish people and Russians have a lot in common and usually we get along really well. But this is the achilles heel and point of pain for us. Really this is THE nerve. 
Title: Re: Drinks and stereotypes about Russia
Post by: Sennaya on April 23, 2010, 01:53:31 AM
John Quincy Adams began the American - Russian friendship 200 Years ago!
In St. Petersburg back in 1781 at age 14.

2007 marked the 200 years anniversary. We are still trying ...

Title: Re: Drinks and stereotypes about Russia
Post by: Sennaya on April 23, 2010, 01:59:01 AM
Even USA and Russian army hold joint  training operations. Let's hope the cold war is over and understanding despite some arguments about how to best respect and protect each other.