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The main theme of this blog is to share, with a global audience, facts about day-to-day life in Russia and the culture, habits and mentality of Russian people. And though Russia is not a closed country any more, it seems that most foreigners either get a stereotyped or narrow “touristy” view of Russia and its people (Kremlin, Red Square, St’Basil, matryoshkas and babushkas) or receive “official” information on politics and economics.
I thought that it will be interesting to show the non-tourist aspects of Russia via short stories and personal anecdotes that share how we think, how we live, and how we embrace our diverse and very old culture in everyday life. The general format of this blog is “Question & Answer”, and I’ve based many initial posts on questions submitted by my friends from all around the world (thank you to all my friends who helped, , without you this blog would not have been born!). I will continue to answer their questions, and hopefully many others that come in from anyone who happens across my blog.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a cultural expert or academic, not on Russia or any other country. It’s important to remember that Russia is a big country, with diverse geographies and peoples. So when I talk of “Russian culture” it is relative to my own experiences or those I know about. To say all of Russia shares the same culture would be like an American saying the culture and values of people who live in rural Alabama is the same as those who live in New York.
But what I am is a Russia, specifically a Muscovite. And I have traveled extensively around the world, including living for nearly a decade in several foreign countries. I was fortunate to meet and befriend people from all over the world with very different ideas about Russian life, and those same friends taught me much about their own cultures. I believe that these experiences give me just enough background to share my subjective observations and opinions about life here, specifically about my current life in Moscow.
I sincerely hope you enjoy my stories! Please feel free to send your questions and to comment to all the posts!