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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 12:57 PM

7. Fun-Fact about Russia that is somehow related to this:

When you are in Russia, don't smile in public. It's okay to smile at friends but if you smile at a stranger you will come across as untrustworthy.

Russia has this deep penchant for machismo, for being strong, for being resilient, for not giving a fuck. Combine this with the upheaval of the last 25 years: Russia has lost its status as a superpower and at the same time the world has changed to a more liberal society. Many Russians don't like that change and here we come back to the Fun-Fact:
The russian nationalists regard themselves as some sort of knights, fighting for Mother Russia and for Christianity. And they are dead-serious about defending Russia against this evil outside-world that is alien to them.

(And maybe that don't-smile rule is also the reason why they mistrust the slow, friendly and diplomatic way the EU and NATO are conquering Europe... China on the other hand is ruled by a centralized power and rules openly with an iron fist, just like Russia used to. Familiar spirits.)

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