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15. July 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

When you think of Russia what comes to mind? Communists? Vodka? Mail order brides? In the spirit of helping Russians and Westerners better understand one another, here are four common Russian stereotypes and why they’re just not accurate.   


Everyone in Russia Guzzles Vodka

As one of the largest producers of vodka, it’s probably safe to say that Russians enjoy a good drink. However, contrary to popular imagination, most Russians do not guzzle vodka every single day. Russians, like citizens of any other country, have jobs to hold and families to feed. This would be very difficult to do if they quaffed vodka day in and day out. While Russia is known for its vodka just like Japan is known for its sake and Germany for its beer, not all Russians guzzle vodka on a regular basis.


Russian Women Are Mail Order Brides

Many Westerners believe that women in Eastern Europe can be purchased from a website like stereo speakers or the latest vampire novel. However, this belief is far from accurate. While it’s true that many Russian and Ukrainian women marry foreigners, the ladies are not “mail order brides” in the sense that they can be purchased by Western men and shipped to Montana ranches or English manors. Russian dating sites share more in common with mainstream dating sites than mail order catalogs and Western men cannot Russian purchase women, either directly or indirectly.  


Russian Spies Are Everywhere

Thanks to the recent Anna Chapman scandal and various Russian spy references in pop culture, more than a few people are suspicious of Russian men and women living abroad. However, they needn’t worry. Though Russian spies have existed in the past, and perhaps still do, it would be silly to assume all Russian expatriates are secretly working for the KGB.


All Russians Wear Fur Coats

While it’s true that Russia is one of the planet’s coldest countries, it is also a huge nation with a large variety of temperatures. In fact, the summers are as warm as Florida in some places and Russia’s Southern beaches draw many visitors. While fur coats are popular, one can hardly claim that all Russians wear them. The idea that all Russians wear fur coats is just as inaccurate as the notion that all Scottish people wear kilts or that all Japanese people wear kimonos.


Don’t fall for common Russian stereotypes! Treating people as individuals, rather than members of a group, is always the best way to go and this includes the lovely ladies of HotRussianBrides.com.