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i was always interested in the opinion of ordinary users about my motherland - russia. i admit that today my country has little to boast of on the world stage but that at least one person is interested in knowing what we have and how...

i also ask to almost completely eliminate the policy because i do not want to at least speak on behalf of my country in many controversial situations.

i want to know the opinion about the country itself, about its inhabitants, and i would also be pleased to answer your questions.

let's talk! :Rara:

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I've always wanted to visit Russia someday, or even learn Russian. What's the food like in Russia? Are there many American restaurants, or does Russia have mostly its own franchises?

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40 minutes ago, Partialgeek514 said:

I've always wanted to visit Russia someday, or even learn Russian. What's the food like in Russia? Are there many American restaurants, or does Russia have mostly its own franchises?

there are relatively many american restaurants in russia but much more american classics coffee shops. 

here i already have a mutual question for you. in russia, the most frequent dishes are: potato, chicken soups and the the most popular russian dish "borscht". my question for you: as i understand you from united states. i have always wondered what they eat in the states?

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59 minutes ago, anaconda said:

there are relatively many american restaurants in russia but much more american classics coffee shops. 

here i already have a mutual question for you. in russia, the most frequent dishes are: potato, chicken soups and the the most popular russian dish "borscht". my question for you: as i understand you from united states. i have always wondered what they eat in the states?

I can answer that actually, like Russia, America is a pretty big place, I don't know how culture works in Russia, however, America has multiple cultures but, in general, burgars, steaks, hotdogs, and pizza are some of the general things we eat. America is a melting pot, so we have all kinds of foods you'd find across the world, even if it is a little bit changed in America. Japanese, Mexican, Chinese, and Italian are some foods you'll find in the U.S., in my part at least.

Now, that isn't to say we eat burgers all day everyday, going out to eat costs money, so we'll typically go to the store and get processed food and get some chicken or whatever. Breakfast cereals are also popular. We Americans are pretty mundane when it comes to food on an average day

We do have delicacies like BBQ ribs and brisket, pretty popular in the southern states. On Christmas and Thanksgiving, we may have foods like turkey, stuffing (i think it's some kinda bread stuff), mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, ham, cranberry sauce, broccoli and rice casserole (pretty good, due to the cheese).

If you ever go to the U.S., I suggest Florida, New York, California, and Texas as I imagine them to be the best tourist spots with much to offer. Other states are cool too, but these states offer a lot to enjoy and look at. Nevada has Area 51, but don't try to enter the place, they hate that for some reason. 

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4 minutes ago, Lucid_Nightlight said:

I can answer that actually, like Russia, America is a pretty big place, I don't know how culture works in Russia, however, America has multiple cultures but, in general, burgars, steaks, hotdogs, and pizza are some of the general things we eat. America is a melting pot, so we have all kinds of foods you'd find across the world, even if it is a little bit changed in America. Japanese, Mexican, Chinese, and Italian are some foods you'll find in the U.S., in my part at least.

Now, that isn't to say we eat burgers all day everyday, going out to eat costs money, so we'll typically go to the store and get processed food and get some chicken or whatever. Breakfast cereals are also popular. We Americans are pretty mundane when it comes to food on an average day

We do have delicacies like BBQ ribs and brisket, pretty popular in the southern states. On Christmas and Thanksgiving, we may have foods like turkey, stuffing (i think it's some kinda bread stuff), mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, ham, cranberry sauce, broccoli and rice casserole (pretty good, due to the cheese).

If you ever go to the U.S., I suggest Florida, New York, California, and Texas as I imagine them to be the best tourist spots with much to offer. Other states are cool too, but these states offer a lot to enjoy and look at. Nevada has Area 51, but don't try to enter the place, they hate that for some reason. 

oh ... i eat burgers several times a week in general, the food situation is for the most part the same as with russia because everything is the same with us.

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I know that I'm sick to death of it being the whipping boy of every single one of the TV men. :eager:

I don't know that much about Russia, only a bit from my friend's deep admiration of the country. I do know though that there is more to the place than just its policies. After all, I have tasted Russian vodka before. :Tempest:

 

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I find their history fascinating. It is the largest nation on Earth, although their government has much to be desired just like everything else. Not a fan of their actions in the Ukraine, but their climate is interesting too. 

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I know basic geography of Russia sure having the biggest landmass yes. However the positives I suppose are more the pride in their heritage I believe Russians to be a proud nation and that's a good thing. Not so positive is the fact that well like many countries in the eastern block there is corruption, the economy is rich but the people "poor" Putins words. So you know I am mostly positive towards Russia as I see Russia today wanting to bring more trade, peace and prosperity to their own nation. Unlike their neighbouring countries such as ones in Europe that's been in my opinion hostile towards Russia. Russia is rich of natural resources plenty of oil and natural gas also lumber then of course minerals. 

The people I don't know, other then they take pride in their heritage and while not all of Russia's history is "nice" they unlike the west don't try to deny history happened and take pride in it. Which is a positive thing as cultural and historical heritage is so very important for a nation to have. I believe with China now taking over as the world leader given the USA seem to be trying to halter their competitive advantage they had, will give Russia a chance to grow and prosper with increased trade with China. To me Russia is a growing economy and China is about to enter its maturity stage while markets like Europe are now in decline with over regulations and taxes now with America following along their lead we will see America and Europe no longer playing an important role in the world stage. So to me Russia is interesting given the fact it is still a growing market with ties to a market maturing and looking to invest while having done so in Africa. We will definitely be looking East for the future to come as they are the markets currently growing and let's not forget India again all of which are countries with ties to Russia which has what they need natural resources.

Therefore to sum up, Russian geography is interesting so is their history and the people I don't know enough to say much. What will be truly interesting is the coming years for Russia as China takes over as the world leader. 

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not met many Russians here in the UK. Ok the thing that I'm always curious about with Russia is how culturally diverse the place is D: Do you often holiday in Russia - where do you go? 

 

the other thing is do you or your parents remember much about social life under the old USSR? What do they think of Russia now in comparison?

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A place of homophobia and suppression, though also an unfair punching bag by the US (The US has countless problems and thus has no room to talk). Russia is such a mixed bag in my view. They have such a rich culture in their history, like many places in Europe and Asia and the absolute behemoth size of the country is fascinating as well, but I also cannot overlook their methods of suppression of their own people. It is indeed a clusterbuck of clusterbuckness. 

One thing I can say for sure is that Russia, of course the USSR at the time, does not get enough credit for their part in World War 2. The US will stroke its ego for eternity on the subject and while every place made sacrifices, none lost more than Russia. They lost at least 22 million people, this includes soldiers and civilians. That is a low estimate by the way. They lost all this life while their homeland was directly assaulted and assaulted hard. For contrast, the US lost 500,000 soldiers and almost no civilian lives whatsoever and was never attacked at its mainland, with the exception of Pearl Harbor but that was by the Japanese and primarily against ships. Many places, the US especially, like to use how much they lost as a measuring stick of their performance in a war. Well, Russia lost more than anyone else by far in WW2 and they still fought on to victory. I simply must respect that. 

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About Russia, I wrote my own story about Russia in one of my alternate history worlds.

Russian Empire (Silent War)

In this alternate timeline since of the War of the Pig, the Russian Empire develops along a different path before the first war. If only slightly.

Alexander II survives until 1885. Some slight different changes are made in Russia, slight reforms that make the Russian Empire slightly better off in our world by then, but not by much. He is still assassinated. His death was witnessed first-hand by his son, Alexander III, and his grandson, Nicholas II, both future emperors who vowed not to have the same fate befall upon them. Both of them used the Okhrana to arrest protestors and uproot suspected rebel groups, creating further suppression of personal freedom for the Russian people. A series of anti-Jewish pogroms and anti-Semitic legislation result.

In 1894, Alexander III never develops the terminally ill disease of nephritis. He reigns over Russia for far longer and Russia is better off with a more experienced leader than Tsar Nicholas. By the time of the first world war between the Coalition (Britain, France, Russia, and the Confederate States of America) and the Grand Alliance (Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire, later the USA) occurs in 1907 over competing French and German claims in Africa.

Vladimir Lenin, Stalin, and various other Communists either died or never came to prominence. There was still a brief revolution of socialists and communists within Russia in 1914 due to the devastation from the war. Alexander III's reign proves more effective and stable than Nicholas II's in our world, so this alternate revolution is crushed. Any fleeing elements flee further into Asia.

Russia would become a constitutional monarchy by the end of the 1920s and most power would lay in the hands of the Duma

Revolutionary socialism ultimately rose to power in East Asia after both China and Japan suffered simultaneous humiliation in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Most communists and leftists in Russia fled here, under the identity of 'Red' Russians.

The victory in Europe, meanwhile, would see a breakdown of the old Entente. Old differences and tensions between the UK and Russia would destroy their relationship and so a new Great Game began between them. Efforts to uplift the colonial empire’s of Europe – a process that had already been underway for a couple of decades – would see the end of the alliance between the Confederacy and the Western European powers over the issue of the treatment of black Africans. This would ultimately lead to the founding of the Moscow-Richmond Understanding.

While in Russia, industrialization was far slower without communism. Millions of deaths, the starving of Ukranians and the killings of Peasants is avoided. By this time, Russia still persecutes the Jews and has taken a hard line approach to Jews. Evicting most, and killing / imprisoning the rest as per their pogroms and anti-Jewish Policy.

WW2 never happens, and during what would have been the great depression in our world which comes in 1925 rather than 1929, the Russians invade and re-conquer them. Ukraine was briefly independent after there was a rebellion in Ukraine that aided the Germans in their invasion of Russia but due to Germany's loss in the war, it is suppressed.

Since then, Russia has slowly but firmly advanced. Without Communism and the Russian civil war, the economy is never as bad as it was in our world. Although there were definitely hiccups, the Russian economy would attract foreign investors and business men as an alternative to the Confederates and Western Powers of Britain and France. Russia's economy continues to advance and flourish while its massive population expands.

Efforts to expand the Russian population continue, and Slavs/Russians out populate the native Turkic peoples and natives of Central Asia, eventually completely consuming its population. The Russians populate the fertile farmlands of Siberia in droves. By the modern era, Russia would eventually have a population of roughly 400 million in the modern ERA. Without 8 decades of Communism, Russia flourishes for the better or for the worse. Russian Nationalism and propaganda dominates Russia, and the 'Imperial' Identity is spread all throughout Russia. Tsar Nicholas ascends the throne in 1965 after the death of his father and by then is a very capable ruler.

Despite this, there is still some instability and Unrest within the various non-Russian sectors of Russia.

While the Crux of Russia would be its racism against the Jews which is gradually dropped as Russia slowly liberalizes over the later 20th and earlier 21st centuries.

Russia is very active in space and did various Russian, and Joint Russo-Confederate missions to the Moon's surface and operates a few space stations and bases in space and on the Moon. In the Modern times, Russia's economy has stagnated somewhat due to their support of their ailing allies, but they still have the most momentum of the Moscow-Richmond Understanding.

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I've heard that Russia has some good vodka and it's also a scapegoat for many politicians here in the US. Also, it's geographically a very large country, it would be a cool place to travel too, maybe see the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg :mustache:

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5 hours ago, Fluttershyfan94 said:

I know basic geography of Russia sure having the biggest landmass yes. However the positives I suppose are more the pride in their heritage I believe Russians to be a proud nation and that's a good thing. Not so positive is the fact that well like many countries in the eastern block there is corruption, the economy is rich but the people "poor" Putins words. So you know I am mostly positive towards Russia as I see Russia today wanting to bring more trade, peace and prosperity to their own nation. Unlike their neighbouring countries such as ones in Europe that's been in my opinion hostile towards Russia. Russia is rich of natural resources plenty of oil and natural gas also lumber then of course minerals. 

The people I don't know, other then they take pride in their heritage and while not all of Russia's history is "nice" they unlike the west don't try to deny history happened and take pride in it. Which is a positive thing as cultural and historical heritage is so very important for a nation to have. I believe with China now taking over as the world leader given the USA seem to be trying to halter their competitive advantage they had, will give Russia a chance to grow and prosper with increased trade with China. To me Russia is a growing economy and China is about to enter its maturity stage while markets like Europe are now in decline with over regulations and taxes now with America following along their lead we will see America and Europe no longer playing an important role in the world stage. So to me Russia is interesting given the fact it is still a growing market with ties to a market maturing and looking to invest while having done so in Africa. We will definitely be looking East for the future to come as they are the markets currently growing and let's not forget India again all of which are countries with ties to Russia which has what they need natural resources.

Therefore to sum up, Russian geography is interesting so is their history and the people I don't know enough to say much. What will be truly interesting is the coming years for Russia as China takes over as the world leader. 

relations with china are really very strong. i don't know how in europe or united states but in russia it is much cheaper to buy chinese goods than russian. i literally come from nowhere: small town in russia - astrakhan. i also lived in vadivostok (on the border with china), in kaliningrad (baltics), now i live in st. petersburg. i will say this, my life in the moscow region is much worse. the russian people are going through the transition from soviet society to democracy and this is really visible. nevertheless, in fairness, i will say that the russian people are angry with each other and want to leave their motherland.

 

4 hours ago, abrony-mouse said:

not met many Russians here in the UK. Ok the thing that I'm always curious about with Russia is how culturally diverse the place is D: Do you often holiday in Russia - where do you go? 

 

the other thing is do you or your parents remember much about social life under the old USSR? What do they think of Russia now in comparison?

i mostly personally traveled mainly to asia and eastern europe. most russians generally do not leave the borders, but I usually go to finland every two to three months.

my parents are conservative communists :BrightMacContent: you asked this question to the right person. in russia, as a rule, they talk about the ussr and its collapse as a joke. however, few people remember what sacrifices and costs we built at least the title of democracy. i consider the collapse of the ussr a shame in russian history. i say this as a historian. the storming of the white house (state duma) is a great shame in history of russia but most russians do not even know the history of their country. 

1 hour ago, Califorum said:

About Russia, I wrote my own story about Russia in one of my alternate history worlds.

Russian Empire (Silent War)

In this alternate timeline since of the War of the Pig, the Russian Empire develops along a different path before the first war. If only slightly.

Alexander II survives until 1885. Some slight different changes are made in Russia, slight reforms that make the Russian Empire slightly better off in our world by then, but not by much. He is still assassinated. His death was witnessed first-hand by his son, Alexander III, and his grandson, Nicholas II, both future emperors who vowed not to have the same fate befall upon them. Both of them used the Okhrana to arrest protestors and uproot suspected rebel groups, creating further suppression of personal freedom for the Russian people. A series of anti-Jewish pogroms and anti-Semitic legislation result.

In 1894, Alexander III never develops the terminally ill disease of nephritis. He reigns over Russia for far longer and Russia is better off with a more experienced leader than Tsar Nicholas. By the time of the first world war between the Coalition (Britain, France, Russia, and the Confederate States of America) and the Grand Alliance (Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire, later the USA) occurs in 1907 over competing French and German claims in Africa.

Vladimir Lenin, Stalin, and various other Communists either died or never came to prominence. There was still a brief revolution of socialists and communists within Russia in 1914 due to the devastation from the war. Alexander III's reign proves more effective and stable than Nicholas II's in our world, so this alternate revolution is crushed. Any fleeing elements flee further into Asia.

Russia would become a constitutional monarchy by the end of the 1920s and most power would lay in the hands of the Duma

Revolutionary socialism ultimately rose to power in East Asia after both China and Japan suffered simultaneous humiliation in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Most communists and leftists in Russia fled here, under the identity of 'Red' Russians.

The victory in Europe, meanwhile, would see a breakdown of the old Entente. Old differences and tensions between the UK and Russia would destroy their relationship and so a new Great Game began between them. Efforts to uplift the colonial empire’s of Europe – a process that had already been underway for a couple of decades – would see the end of the alliance between the Confederacy and the Western European powers over the issue of the treatment of black Africans. This would ultimately lead to the founding of the Moscow-Richmond Understanding.

While in Russia, industrialization was far slower without communism. Millions of deaths, the starving of Ukranians and the killings of Peasants is avoided. By this time, Russia still persecutes the Jews and has taken a hard line approach to Jews. Evicting most, and killing / imprisoning the rest as per their pogroms and anti-Jewish Policy.

WW2 never happens, and during what would have been the great depression in our world which comes in 1925 rather than 1929, the Russians invade and re-conquer them. Ukraine was briefly independent after there was a rebellion in Ukraine that aided the Germans in their invasion of Russia but due to Germany's loss in the war, it is suppressed.

Since then, Russia has slowly but firmly advanced. Without Communism and the Russian civil war, the economy is never as bad as it was in our world. Although there were definitely hiccups, the Russian economy would attract foreign investors and business men as an alternative to the Confederates and Western Powers of Britain and France. Russia's economy continues to advance and flourish while its massive population expands.

Efforts to expand the Russian population continue, and Slavs/Russians out populate the native Turkic peoples and natives of Central Asia, eventually completely consuming its population. The Russians populate the fertile farmlands of Siberia in droves. By the modern era, Russia would eventually have a population of roughly 400 million in the modern ERA. Without 8 decades of Communism, Russia flourishes for the better or for the worse. Russian Nationalism and propaganda dominates Russia, and the 'Imperial' Identity is spread all throughout Russia. Tsar Nicholas ascends the throne in 1965 after the death of his father and by then is a very capable ruler.

Despite this, there is still some instability and Unrest within the various non-Russian sectors of Russia.

While the Crux of Russia would be its racism against the Jews which is gradually dropped as Russia slowly liberalizes over the later 20th and earlier 21st centuries.

Russia is very active in space and did various Russian, and Joint Russo-Confederate missions to the Moon's surface and operates a few space stations and bases in space and on the Moon. In the Modern times, Russia's economy has stagnated somewhat due to their support of their ailing allies, but they still have the most momentum of the Moscow-Richmond Understanding.

russia has experienced one of the worst civil wars in human history. our emperor was killed by a dictatorship, and monarchy fell back in the 20th century. if you are talking about the independence of ukraine, then remember about the russian anarchists who were used and then occupied. 

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Despite this, there is still some instability and Unrest within the various non-Russian sectors of Russia. — riots are rare here. we can say that like everyone else, that is, then no...

 

1 hour ago, King of Canterlot said:

I've heard that Russia has some good vodka and it's also a scapegoat for many politicians here in the US. Also, it's geographically a very large country, it would be a cool place to travel too, maybe see the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg :mustache:

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this is my photo of st. petersburg, next to the winter palace. i was not sick with coronavirus, perhaps due to the holidays and the vodka that i drank, drank and drank.

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I have a few comments. first, most likely nicholas II would have been a better emperor than alexander III because it was alexander who warmed up the situation and put his son in a difficult position. i studied Nikolai's question in detail. he had two paths: to come to the signing of the constitution or to remain neutral. 

secondly, nicholas had only one son - alexey. he suffered from a rare disease - leukemia. as rasputin said: "when I die, russia will die too". he died, there was a revolution. you save rasputin - you save russia. :twi:

 

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12 hours ago, Kyoshi said:

A place of homophobia and suppression, though also an unfair punching bag by the US (The US has countless problems and thus has no room to talk). Russia is such a mixed bag in my view. They have such a rich culture in their history, like many places in Europe and Asia and the absolute behemoth size of the country is fascinating as well, but I also cannot overlook their methods of suppression of their own people. It is indeed a clusterbuck of clusterbuckness. 

One thing I can say for sure is that Russia, of course the USSR at the time, does not get enough credit for their part in World War 2. The US will stroke its ego for eternity on the subject and while every place made sacrifices, none lost more than Russia. They lost at least 22 million people, this includes soldiers and civilians. That is a low estimate by the way. They lost all this life while their homeland was directly assaulted and assaulted hard. For contrast, the US lost 500,000 soldiers and almost no civilian lives whatsoever and was never attacked at its mainland, with the exception of Pearl Harbor but that was by the Japanese and primarily against ships. Many places, the US especially, like to use how much they lost as a measuring stick of their performance in a war. Well, Russia lost more than anyone else by far in WW2 and they still fought on to victory. I simply must respect that. 

didn't see ur message right away. let's talk. the struggle for international influence between russia and the united states has been going on since the days of the cold war even after the collapse. alexey navalny is a true russian clown but actions towards him are funny to tears. the russian people really understand very well that their opinion, especially in the elections, is far from being taken into account. potential opposition is recognized as traitors by the state and goes to jail. russia is indisputably an authoritarian state that is not yet ready for democracy. we russians ask ourselves the question when going to the polls - who if not putin? alexey navalny?; vladimir zhirinovsky striving to unleash a war with nato & usa? — no, thanks. 

 

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the losses of russians in the second world can never be replenished. russia, like many other powers, paid the price for this war. 

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22 hours ago, anaconda said:

there are relatively many american restaurants in russia but much more american classics coffee shops. 

here i already have a mutual question for you. in russia, the most frequent dishes are: potato, chicken soups and the the most popular russian dish "borscht". my question for you: as i understand you from united states. i have always wondered what they eat in the states?

I think @Lucid_Nightlight answered your question pretty well. Probably better than I could, since although I'm living in the US for school right now, I'm actually from Canada. The diet there isn't too much different than the US though. Just a few different foods available there, like all dressed and ketchup chips. :mlp_icwudt: Are there any unique Russian snack foods?

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6 minutes ago, Partialgeek514 said:

I think @Lucid_Nightlight answered your question pretty well. Probably better than I could, since although I'm living in the US for school right now, I'm actually from Canada. The diet there isn't too much different than the US though. Just a few different foods available there, like all dressed and ketchup chips. :mlp_icwudt: Are there any unique Russian snack foods?

ketchup chips? first time i hear about such. never met.

there is no diet in the whole world! i don't remember all our unique dishes except borscht :awwthanks:

although while writing this message i remembered something else: russian dumplings (pelmeni), pancakes, a huge variety of salads (olivier salad, vinaigrette, pickled cucumbers in jars, jam in jars, RUSSIAN marshmallow, headcheese and my favorite — kvass) - the traditional russian eat.

i really love canada due to its nature and kinds...second largest country and the climate is like in russia :ButtercupLaugh:

 

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I think Russia is pretty cool. Cyrillic alphabet looks dope.  I do like they have more cultural autonomy. You can afford such things if you have a lot of nukes.

I hope they stepped up the car making game since the old Lada 1200-1500 and Lada Samaras. Those weren't a marvel of engineering.

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8 minutes ago, Nori984 said:

I think Russia is pretty cool. Cyrillic alphabet looks dope.  I do like they have more cultural autonomy. You can afford such things if you have a lot of nukes.

I hope they stepped up the car making game since the old Lada 1200-1500 and Lada Samaras. Those weren't a marvel of engineering.

lada has always been and will be disgusting cars — the fact. i will not argue about cultural autonomy. 

 

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lada has always been and will be disgusting cars

 

At least it's not a Yugo! :ph3ar:

 

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As having been raised in conservative Southern USA and how I was taught, I have certainly come under the impression that Russia is a very troubled nation and has been throughout all of modern history. TBH, I don't know much about Russia before then. But I have certainly been led to believe I'm glad I wasn't born there. Now the climate of it seems pretty neat and the architecture is really unique. Igor Stravinsky is also of Russian origin, and his music is awesome. But even the music of Russia has been squandered by the Russian government a number of times.

Setting that all aside, I know one thing for sure: As a lesbian and a strong advocate for LGBT rights and acceptance, Russia as it is is a no-no for me.

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As having been raised in conservative Southern USA and how I was taught, I have certainly come under the impression that Russia is a very troubled nation and has been throughout all of modern history. TBH, I don't know much about Russia before then. But I have certainly been led to believe I'm glad I wasn't born there. Now the climate of it seems pretty neat and the architecture is really unique. Igor Stravinsky is also of Russian origin, and his music is awesome. But even the music of Russia has been squandered by the Russian government a number of times.

Setting that all aside, I know one thing for sure: As a lesbian and a strong advocate for LGBT rights and acceptance, Russia as it is is a no-no for me.

life in the cis countries is very different from your sweet life in the usa. people do not live with us, they survive. for gay marriage, this is the most immoral and wrong. i personally have nothing against lgbt because i am a libertarian. 

" But even the music of Russia has been squandered by the Russian government a number of times. " — can be more? classical music in russia (opera) has always been and will be the main gold standard of music. i am one of those who love her. you listen to billie eilish, we have a morgenstern — everyone has it. music was never choked by our government, but only supported.

i am also a southerner, but from russia. 

" now the climate here seems to be quite clean and the architecture is really unique. " — the architecture is unique, the climate is far from it. in the center of st. petersburg knee-deep snow...

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I know a lot of russian dishes because a friend of me is from russia. But I have a big problem to remember the names of them. I know pelmeni and there is a salad which is called Mimosa when I am not wrong. My favorite russian drink is btw. kvass. 

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I know a lot of russian dishes because a friend of me is from russia. But I have a big problem to remember the names of them. I know pelmeni and there is a salad which is called Mimosa when I am not wrong. My favorite russian drink is btw. kvass. 

mimosa? wow. we are sitting with my friend from ukraine, talking, trying to understand what it is

that is what the indigenous people mean :ButtercupLaugh:

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