6 habits from the Soviet Union that Russians can’t shake

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1. On no account throw anything out

People who have experienced years of deficit, just cannot throw out anything./ V. Titov/TASSPeople who have experienced years of deficit, only cannot throw out anything./ V. Titov/TASS

Ever walked late an apartment block in Russia and noticed a series of balconies bulging out the side, chock-full tight with God knows what? Old wooden skis, broken announces, car parts, unwanted relatives…absolutely anything. Well, this is one feature of the Soviet hangover. Inside the apartments cupboards, shelves, and wardrobes last wishes as most likely be full of useless gubbins as well — some Russians good can’t face throwing things away.

During the USSR, discarding clobber was considered wasteful and this habit has stuck. It seems you just not ever know when you aunt’s rusty toenail clippers may come in available, or that jar of pickled onions 20 years past its sell-by make obsolete. Soviet families also very rarely chucked food in the offal. Even if the dish was on the verge of turning green it could always be saved, much the same as grenki or kartoshka cake.

2. Save the best things for a brighter future

In the years of USSR people lived with the dream about the bright future of communism / V. Akimov/RIA NovostiIn the years of USSR individual lived with the dream about the bright future of communism / V. Akimov/RIA Novosti

Numerous Russians keep several beautiful sets of crystal or porcelain obscured away in their cupboards. Usually these sets were addicted to them as presents for weddings, anniversaries, or birthdays. So they were, and in any case are, very cherished. However, they are almost never used.

You’re all things considered more likely to see a Russian crack a smile to a stranger in the street (see 5) or chirp the American national anthem than wheel out their best china. Their unexceptional plates. cups, bowls, and cutlery might be cracked and old, but it’s almost make sured the good stuff will be collecting dust somewhere safe. The objective: During the Soviet Union people dreamed of a brighter communist unborn, so saved their most treasured belongings for a more prosperous habits.

This mindset applies to clothes as well, with dresses and clothes tucked away without being worn for so long that when the early did come, they were out of fashion. Today, some Russians still don’t unwrap the TV slender from the polyethylene wrapping, to avoid scratching it.

3. Think too much around what people say

This is a bad habit to make decisions looking at others and fearing their condemnation. / Fred Grinberg/RIA NovostiThis is a bad habit to make decisions looking at others and worrying their condemnation. / Fred Grinberg/RIA Novosti

“What are you doing? What at ones desire people say? Can’t you see how that woman is looking at you?” Soviet parents were normally pretty tough when it came to teaching their children to be fatiguing of strangers, neighbors, classmates, etc. This might sound far-fetched, but it was a real fear back then. To this day in Russia people may treat new arrivals with a little suspicion: Why would anyone choose to visit Siberian, brutal Russia, unless they had been sent by a foreign covert service, right?

4. Dislike of compliments

Russian people feel themselves very uncomfortably when somebody is trying to take care of them. / Viktor Sadchikov/TASSRussian people feel themselves extremely uncomfortably when somebody is trying to take care of them. / Viktor Sadchikov/TASS

Thoroughly, this trait isn’t exclusively Russian. English people also regard it hard to accept praise, most of them anyway. But Russians do have on the agenda c trick a reputation for feeling uncomfortable if someone pays them undue publicity. For instance, if a salesperson gets too friendly in a shop, they will quite walk away without buying anything. Modesty seems to be the most excellently policy in Russia — making an exhibition of yourself in the Soviet Union was lowered upon (refer to 3)

5. Never smile on a street

Russians do smile, but mainly at people they know. / Igor Utkin/TASSRussians do smile, but on the whole at people they know. / Igor Utkin/TASS

Anyone who has stop ined the country will know this fact all too well — Russians very scarcely ever smile at strangers, unlike Englishmen and Americans who stroll around grinning from ear to ear at the whole world and anyone like madmen.

Keeping a straight face was part and batch of life in the Soviet Union. There was much distrust, upheaval, people working countries, and a lot of the time not much to smile about. Of course there was abundance to smile about as well, and some good jokes emerged from the era:

“Three men are stand in in a cell in the (KGB headquarters) Dzerzhinsky Square. The first asks the second why he has been imprisoned, who rejoins, ‘Because I criticized Karl Radek.’ The first man responds, ‘But I am here because I touch c accost out in favor of Radek!’ They turn to the third man who has been sitting in silence in the back, and ask him why he is in jail. He answers, ‘I’m Karl Radek.’ ”

But the old Russian proverb still clinks true: Laughter without reason is a sign of idiocy. If you can get a Russian you’ve not in any degree met before to crack a smile, pat yourself on the back.

Note: Just because Russians don’t beam, it doesn’t mean they are not friendly. There is such a thing as “aloof love”!

6. Long feasts

Russians adore large and long feasts and usually gather all their friends and relatives. / Boris Kavashkin/RIA NovostiRussians adore large and long rites and usually gather all their friends and relatives. / Boris Kavashkin/RIA Novosti

Russians a torch for huge feasts lasting hours and hours with friends and apropos comparatives. They love to spend hours at the dinner table eating paradigmatic Russian dishes like Olivier salad, pelmeni, and shchi — neutral like in the USSR. There will probably be a fair amount of juice involved and many toasts to everything under the sun. Russian say: “If dinner reaches the sweet, the party is a failure.”

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