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Broken stereotypes about Russia

Category: Russia
2018-08-01

They are very famous throughout the world, the majority of them come from the internet. What we all learn from Russia without visiting, is that Russian people have a talent for doing silly things like fighting with a bear or Russian women who look like 70 years old while they are still younger than 30, Russian babushkas weighing at least 300 kg and measure 2 meters 30cm.

According to me, Russia has the most stereotypes imagined by foreigners because of Hollywood movies and the Internet. That is what regular people tell about things happening in Russia. Another stereotype from the media is that we only hear negative things about Russia like it will soon invade Europe and annex every territory all the way to Lisbon, but it never happened. Also, the Western media still inform us that Russia is more belligerent than the USA. Hollywood again.

From my experience here in SPB, I have no feelings of being threatened or something negative with Russian people as they are more extrovert, and often more generous than in my country. My stay here gives me a pleasant feeling just like my hometown.

Author: Jerome Roosen, our intern from Belgium 

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In general, all stereotypes have something in common: they're made up by someone, a journalist, a politician, a newspaper, a government and then they infiltrate people's minds, first as opinions and later on, by constant repetition, as "truths". The best way to verify if there is some truth in stereotypes concerning a country is of course to visit the country and to find out what real life looks like.

So that's what I did. I came to Saint Petersburg just before the semi-finals of the football world championship and saw that there were no drunk hooligans roaming the streets, no bullying police officers, no aggressive Russian fans and no dirty streets. Quite the contrary, everything was very well organised and people were polite, disciplined and respectful. I've been to several other meetings, activities and gatherings and every time it was a pleasant experience. I think that living in a city which has produced the world's most renowned artists and where beauty is an aspect of everyday life contributes to a feeling of belonging to the best of what mankind has to offer. And this can be found here in Saint-Petersburg. So if you ask me: What is it then? I'll tell you: You'll have to come here and see for yourself! But of course, you could also say that I'm exaggerating and believe that all Russians are still driving Lada's, drink vodka all day long, sleep on the streets and aren't free to say what they think. One thing that I hope will disappear very soon is the obligation to have a visa in my passport.

Author: Jerome Roosen, our intern from Belgium 

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