I’m sure you won’t be surprised if I tell you that some of the Russians are crazy people. I mean, I am Russian too, but definitely not one of “the crazy ones” from another planet :). Let’s take a look at some funny pictures “meanwhile in Russia” and after that I’ll tell you the truth and lies about the crazy Russians.
May 9 – one of the biggest holidays in Russia! It is a day of victory in World War II over Nazi Germany. This guy knows how to celebrate the right way!
Take a look at these guys – they can prove that nothing is impossible in this world! No wheel on the car can’t be a problem to drive.
No comments on this one… Russians are very unpredictable!
Prize car with no wheel – you don’t see this kind of stuff every day in your life. Someone made some cash on selling this wheel :).
This one I already posted before here – it’s how they do construction on the roads in Russia. High quality job, right?!
I love this one too, it’s not possible in any other country :). Only in Russia!!!
So we looked at some examples of how crazy and different some Russians are, but for real, it doesn’t mean that this is how the life is everywhere in the country. Don’t forget the size of Russia and how different people might be: there are over 180 nationalities live in Russia.
On one of the websites I found a list with facts on why the Russians are so crazy and I thought that it’s not fair that a lot of information there was wrong or made up out of nowhere. Let’s take a look at the facts and see what is true and what are lies about the Russians.
1. Every Russian individual consumes an average of 18 liters of alcohol every year. Such alcohol addiction causes over 500,000 deaths every year in the country…”
“Russians are alcoholics” – it is a stereotype that came out during the Soviet period. It is true, in the Soviet Union situation with alcohol was really bad. Most of the people have been drinking homemade moonshine and cheap vodka which caused many diseases. By the way, my grandpa died in the Soviet’s time at the age of 55 because of drinking.
These days situation with alcohol is changing and doesn’t look that bad. Yes, most of the teenagers start drinking at the age of 14 or so. I mean, it’s about the time when I had my first experience with “firewater” :). It’s like one of the Russian jokes: “at the age of 21 in the States people only start drinking and many Russians at this point are already going to quit with alcohol”. I can say for fact that overall Americans, Canadians or Germans drink no less, than Russians. I can tell you that from my own experience.
2. “The Russian Olympic team arrived 12 days late in London for the 1908 Olympics only because they had not yet started using the Gregorian calendar…”
Well… 1908 London Olympics took place within nearly 6 months so it was not a big deal, all of 6 Russian atheletes didn’t miss any of their competitions. Olympic Games used to be so different compare to these days – for example, figure skating event was part of the summer Olympics.
3. “The Russians sold Alaska to the US for a meagre US $7.2 million in 1867…”
It’s a fact that the Russian Empire sold Alaska to the US for dirt cheap, but I can’t say that it is crazy. It was definitely part of the politic games, because at that point Russia had a crisis after a lose in the Crimean war.
4. “Russia and Japan have still not officially ended the World War II. They have yet to sign a treaty which has been in a limbo due to Kuril islands dispute…”
Situation around South Kuril islands is complicated since the end of World War II. Dispute is going on around 4 islands: Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai. Russian side control these islands motivating it that it is legally a part of Russia as a result of World War II (Yalta Treaty at the end of the war gave the Soviet Union a right to the Kuril islands). Japanese are saying that 4 dispute islands are not included in the Kuril islands and that’s why they can’t be considered as a part of the Russian territories. Dispute proceeds…
5. “Novokuznetsk, a Russian city bordering with Kazakhstan which used to be an industrial powerhouse now has 20% of the population addicted to heroin…”
It is definitely far from the truth. Yes, Novokuznetsk is one of the most drug-addicted cities in Russia, but for sure not with more than 100.000 heroin addicts. Can you imagine – it’s like a whole army. Definitely a lie.
6. “Russians celebrated the surrender of Germany during WW II for so long that the entire country run out of vodka…”
It’s what British historian Martin Gilbert wrote in his book “The Day the War Ended: May 8, 1945 – Victory in Europe”. It’s probably true, but I don’t think it’s crazy at all. It was a really big deal for the Soviet Union, victory in World War II was probably the most significant thing that happened in the history of the nation. Just take a look at the most significant battle of the WW II – Battle of Stalingrad.
7. “Russia hosts an annual sex doll boat race called the Bubble Baba Challenge. The race began in 2003 when a group of drunk friends blew up sex dolls and used them as rafts to race over a river in Losevo. Ever since then, the popularity of the race has grown manifold and it attracts over 800 people…”
Okay, I’ll agree with this one, participants of the event are crazy people. Motto of the Bubble Baba Challenge event – “Blow-up doll – is no more, then a vehicle”. Last time the event took place in 2011, and after that it was cancelled in 2012-2013 because of the ban from the government.
Definitely check this video out! People having lot’s of fun at 2010 Bubble Baba Challenge.
I guess, it’s all I wanted to say in this post. At the end I want to say, that you may hear a lot of “facts” and stories how crazy Russians are, but you should know not all of it is true. There are a lot of b*llsh*t out there that shouldn’t be taken seriously.