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8 Stereotypes About Russians That Drive Them Nuts

Ready to talk about
Russia? I know you are! Expanding across two continents, Russia is
the largest country in the world (and thanks to guns and fake
referendums, its size is only increasing). It is also extremely
diverse in terms of its people, landscapes, and climates. As a
result, the country is far too complex to fit any particular
stereotype. Not sure what to believe? We’re here to serve up a
delicious dish of truth! Here are just of the few misconceptions that
people have about the country.

1. Every
Man is Named Boris, Every Woman Anastasia

When you think about
Russian names, you probably blurt out “every guy is Boris and every
girl is Anastasia, or Nastya if you’re Nasty.” Of course, this is
not true at all. Boris Yeltsen was indeed the first president of
Russia, but who is the current fella who rides on the back of horses
and bears bare-chested? Furthermore, while Anastasia evokes images of
the Tsarist princess who impossibly survived the Romanov family
execution thanks to some Disney magic, there are plenty of Russian
girls with other names such as Dasha, and Natasha, and Masha, and
Lyubasha. Lots of “shas,” as you see.

  • Boris Yeltsen | 8 Stereotypes About Russians That Drive Them Nuts | Brain Berries
  • Anastasia Romanova | 8 Stereotypes About Russians That Drive Them Nuts | Brain Berries

2. Russians
are Grumpy People

The first thing a
foreigner notices when they go to most shops, restaurants, or ticket
counters is that they aren’t greeted with a smile or the other
features of friendly customer service. Instead, more often than not
they are treated with indifference at best or a scowl at worst. It
speaks less about Russians as a people and more about the legacy of a
Communist system where they didn’t have to treat you nicely because
what were you going to do about it? Take your business elsewhere and
shop/eat at the other government-owned stores and restaurants?
Russians do have a rather blunt temperament, but once you get to know
them, you find that some of them are actually okay to get a beer
with.

Russians are Grumpy People | 8 Stereotypes About Russians That Drive Them Nuts | Brain Berries

3. Everybody
Knows How To Do The Squat Dance

You know the dance
I’m talking about. It’s the one where the guys crouch down and
kick their heels out. The dance is actually called prisyadka
(knee-bending) and is commonly seen at traditional folk performances,
but the typical Russian does not dance remotely as good as that.

Squat Dance | 8 Stereotypes About Russians That Drive Them Nuts | Brain Berries

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