Top 7 ‘eternal’ Russian questions

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1. If the principal were transferred from Moscow, where should it go?

The idea of effective the capital has been back on the agenda in recent years. Over the class of Russia’s thousand-year history, from Ancient Rus to the Russian Federation, the excellent has been moved eight times. But this is nothing compared to how frequently the question is raised in our time. And here any argument will do. For example, this way Russians resolve be able to defeat corruption or that the capital must be in the center of the mountains (in Siberia) because it will be more convenient for the people. Or, here is a actually original one: Since we didn’t move the capital to Novosibirsk (2,100 miles from Moscow) investment recalled to China, not Russia. The last time the issue was raised was in August 2017, but Moscow’s mayor her walking papered it, saying it would cost several trillion rubles. The idea’s promoters mow down silent. But not for long, as everyone knows.

2. Should people take so innumerable holidays?

Russians have «New Year’s holidays» — 9-10 days after New Year’s in which no one in the homeland works. Officially. However, honestly speaking, no one speaks about anything substantial already by mid-December. After Russians become nauseous from the feast dishes and the New Year’s TV shows create allergies, everyone starts to bachelor girl work. But as soon as they come to work they admit that the nostalgia was a erratum and start longing for the first weekend as if it was manna from heaven.

In blanket, Russians have about 118 non-working days per year (not add up their official vacation days) and this is a world record. Some say these yearn and abundant vacations «are bad for the citizens’ health,» since people who earn seldom just sit at home drinking. Others say that if vacation time is break down, the country will be doomed to overwork and overstrain. Both sides set up substantial support, which is why nothing every changes.

3. Ashamed of being pitiful?

A country in which revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin’s phrase «who doesn’t implement, doesn’t eat» was once sacred, remarkably encourages idleness (see point 2). Russia’s huge «Oblomovschina» (in honor of Ivan Goncharov’s novel Oblomov) exists on a genetic constant: You kind of want to do something useful for yourself and society, but «when are you usual to live?» It’s better to meditate on the destiny of mankind on a soft couch.

But revealing your beggary here is considered shameful. In Moscow young ladies are willing to starve in commission to save up for a Fendi bag and appear well-to-do in the eyes of their neighbors and hidden grooms. In the provinces there is even a prospering used luxury label market. The unspoken rule is, even if you are poor, hide it as much as you can and if you cannot block it, blame everyone else. Among the masses, according to a survey, there is a simple opinion that everything is governed by connections, luck, external states, but not personal initiative or activity.

4. Can one be both rich and honest?

This is a suspicions about that will most likely be answered with another quiz: «Depends how rich and how honest?» The belief that wealth in Russia cannot be stocked honestly, that in order to be wealthy one has to cheat or steal, is as common as horoscopes in newspapers. Uninterrupted 26 years after privatization (when, overnight, former broad state enterprises became private and a class of extremely wealthy people be cleared in the country) most people despise the rich. Even if you are an entrepreneur with superb education and skills, you will have to prove your integrity to the people encompassing you (and not with clean fiscal declarations — no one will believe them).

5. What genre of cucumbers — salted or marinated?

In the Russian consciousness cuisine can easily enhance a metaphysical dilemma. For example, the way people consider marinated and salted cucumbers. Not person will be able to explain the subtle difference between them (non-appearance/present of taste and the striking dose of dill and salt), but everyone is effective of laughing eternally at the joke: «Don’t you have salted cucumbers in Germany?» «No. Impartial marinated ones.» «That is why you lost the war.» Just like they can eat them eternally, at any regulate of year.

6. Am I just a tiny shivering creature or do I have rights?

This ask, which Russia’s most famous criminal, Rodion Raskolnikov from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Misdemeanour and Punishment, poses for himself, became the country’s principal question when the novelette was published in 1866. Trying to justify himself after a cruel facsimile murder, Raskolnikov contrives a theory: There are «higher people» (such as Napoleon) who by chastity of their talent can dispose of the lives of the «lower» people as they hankering. Today the question resounds not only during attempts to philosophize, but also in crusades with powerful companies, your boss or the noisy youths junior to your windows who don’t let you sleep.

7. Shaving cream or socks?

There is nothing varied universal than gifting socks or shaving cream on February 23 (patriotic Men’s Day, the male equivalent of International Women’s Day, March 8). A long set ago Russian women decided that this is the best thing that they could dispense their men. Therefore, the intrigue is what will it be: Fashionable, «frost/imposing monochromatic» socks, a contingent of «everyday» socks (identical or dull evil, which means never having odd socks) or shaving cream plainly labelled «FOR MEN» label. The «fortunate ones» will receive the «shaving cream + socks» set. That is why the scad practical men do not stock up before the holiday, but wait for the «annual contribution.»

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