• Russians distrust anything cheap.
  • The English word "bargain" cannot be adequately translated into Russian.
  • Although Russians distrust anything with a cheap price, they are fine with freebies.
  • A Russian who reaches high levels of power feels it his his/her duty to put down those who don't.
  • In Russia you need to call the lazy waitresses over by aggressively yelling "Girl!"
  • One needs skills in hitting people with your elbows on the Moscow Metro.
  • In Russia you can drink beer on a park bench without getting arrested.
  • Russians gather in the kitchen and stay up very late, talking about "life".
  • Russians usually avoid talking about work.
  • During any reception in Russia people are immediately separated by gender.
  • There are a lot of police in Russia, most of whom do nothing.
  • Russians never throw anything away. Ever.
  • However, if Russians throw out half of their things, nobody notices.
  • A Russian stranger is likely to call you with familiarity, like "man" or "woman".
  • Russians don't usually say "please" or "thank you".
  • The Russian proverb "Arrogance – the second happiness" cannot be adequately translated into English.
  • Russians drink a lot of vodka. It's not a myth.
  • You don't have to fear for your life when walking the streets in Moscow alone at night.
  • Russian men are convinced that feminism has led to the collapse of the West, and Russia's historical mission: resist.
  • A myth within a myth: Russians believe that Americans believe that bears walk the streets in Moscow, but this myth of a myth is a purely Russian invention. Americans actually believe all the bears in Russia are dead.
  • Russians simply do not understand it when a foreigner from the west applies for permanent residence in Russia.
  • Dentists are very surprised when people show up for a "routine" check-up. So are doctors.
  • Russians drink tea with a centimetre of sugar on the bottom of the cup.
  • All Russians, from young to old, abuse emoticons.
  • The number of brackets in an email or sms infers the importance of a message. For instance - Birthday party tonight ) means a birthday party, but Birthday party tonight )))))) means a fantastic blow-out extravaganza.
  • Moscow has the best subway system in the world.
  • Despite having the best subway system in the world, there are millions of Muscovites who refuse to ever take it, and spend half their lives stuck in traffic.
  • A Russian will use the slightest reason to bring everyone gifts of chocolate. "It's your birthday in four and a half months? Wow! Chocolate for the entire office!"
  • Anyone who speaks a language other than Russian is automatically suspect.
  • On New Year's, don't surprised if you are invited out at 11:30 pm, drink champagne and cognac until 6 am, eat herring under a fur coat and olivia salad in a kitchen, and then party in a flat for three more days.
  • The only alcohol-free zones in Russia are McDonalds.
  • Smiling for no reason makes Russians angry.
  • Borscht, cabbage rolls and pirogies are actually Ukrainian.
  • Russians don't send their elderly to nursing homes or make their children leave after 18; instead they all live together in the same 1-bedroom flat.
  • Despite the small roads and the frustrating traffic jams, Russians still buy giant SUVs.
  • Sushi is more popular in Russia than in Japan.
  • In fact, Japan is more popular in Russia than in Japan.
  • Russians are extremely friendly if they've known you for more than ten minutes. If you've known a Russian for at least a week, you will be invited to meet their family.
  • Russians are also extremely emotional and passionate, and although they don't show emotion in public, they cry and laugh and shout and play more than Italians.
  • Russians care more about the philosophical side of living than the material, and have a folk song for every situation.
  • Most Russians are very superstitious, and new-age superstitions are en vogue.
  • Russians are passionate lovers, and will quarrel like bitter enemies and make out like porn stars in public.
  • Russians love to criticize their own country, but will be offended if a foreigner does.
  • If a cashier manages to not break anything while scanning your items, they have provided good customer service.
  • Russians love McDonald's, KFC, Subway and Burger King more than Americans.
  • Russians spoil their kids rotten, and then magically expect them to behave responsibly at the age of 18.
  • Although Russians eat more fast food than people in the west, Russians are still healthier.
  • Russians cannot do anything that requires putting a car in reverse. It can take the average Russian driver ten minutes to parallel park (I've seen it countless times).
  • Winters in Russia are actually quite beautiful, and Russians are fantastic winter drivers.
  • Russians are actually freer than westerners; there are less laws and social constraints, and yet the crime rate is lower than in the US or UK.

(By magazine English Russia)