How do you feel about Russia?

Do you view it as a good or bad country? would you ever want to visit russia? just in general how do you feel about it?
How do you feel about Russia?
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I personally want to visit Russia one day and ride their famous Trans-siberian railway. steemitimages.com/.../trans_siberian_map.jpg

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  • I’m Russian myself actually and moved to England around 4 years ago. The society is a little too ‘traditional’ leading to sexism, racism and homophobia. As for culture, sure it’s rich and has a lot of history. I would never move back. Healthcare ain’t a thing, a few of my relatives were even fake diagnosed with cancer just to make them undergo expensive treatments - corruption is very real. The vast majority are brainwashed by TV which is, in turn, controlled by the government- which effectively robs its own citizens. I’ve got a lot to say, but trust me I’d never move back

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    • As for visiting as a tourist? Yeah, but if you’re not straight expect some serious judgement and hate. Not everyone is like that - plenty of people aren’t. But I’m talking about the majority

    • Aw thanks for MHO!

  • I'm an ethnic Russian, and I can't really say anything bad about it. Unfortunately, I have yet to visit Russia, although I'm hoping to go with my dad in October. It's the culture that I grew up with, and also the language. Although I'm not good at speaking or writing it, but I understand quite a bit - you know that shit kids do with their immigrant families, answering them back in English 😂

    In light of recent events between Trump and Putin, it's important to remember to strip away the politics. Focus instead on the rich culture, the history, the cuisine, the language.

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    • definitely agree on the last part.

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    • If you do indeed ever take the train all the way from Moscow to Vladivostok, you sir will be a champ. Lol.

    • just one of the things on my bucket list lol.

      If it ever becomes safe in my lifetime y i also wouldn't mind traveling the entirety the silk road.

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  • Russia is still a great power, though diminished at the moment. This is not the first time. The whole history of Russia has been one of rising and falling and rising again - the Crimean War, WWI, WWII, etc. Its resilience is not to be underestimated and it is a dangerous power with a capacity for advancing its interests

    Consider this long quote from de Tocqueville, written in 1832!

    “There are at the present time two great nations in the world, which started from different points, but seem to tend towards the same end. I allude to the Russians and the Americans. Both of them have grown up unnoticed; and whilst the attention of mankind was directed elsewhere, they have suddenly placed themselves in the front rank among the nations, and the world learned their existence and their greatness at almost the same time.

    All other nations seem to have nearly reached their natural limits, and they have only to maintain their power; but these are still in the act of growth. All the others have stopped, or continue to advance with extreme difficulty; these alone are proceeding with ease and celerity along a path to which no limit can be perceived. The American struggles against the obstacles which nature opposes to him; the adversaries of the Russian are men. The former combats the wilderness and savage life; the latter, civilization with all its arms. The conquests of the American are therefore gained with the ploughshare; those of the Russian by the sword. The Anglo-American relies upon personal interest to accomplish his ends, and gives free scope to the unguided strength and common sense of the people; the Russian centres all the authority of society in a single arm. The principal instrument of the former is freedom; of the latter, servitude. Their starting-point is different, and their courses are not the same; yet each of them seems marked out by the will of Heaven to sway the destinies of half the globe.”

    In that light outreach to Russia is not unwise. The United States and Russia are, suffice to say, not natural allies and an alliance is inconceivable. However, an accommodation not unlike the pre-WWI UK-Russian understanding is possible.

    We won the Cold War, in part, by splitting Russia and China. They are not natural allies either.

    However, If our policies should drive them together, the U. S. will face an unimaginable strategic problem for our interests. We would be well advised to approach Russia from that perspective. More analysis and less posturing.

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    • What a fantastic answer! What is your background?

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    • One day you'll make it there. I'm hoping to go with my dad in October. I'm working on improving my language skills so he doesn't have to be my translator the entire time.

    • @musicbrain5 Wow! Have a great time - and thanks so much.

  • I'd love to visit Russia, but obviously, with its reputation, I would go with reservations. For example, a black English footballer by the name of Danny Rose told his family to stay home (in England) during the World Cup, rather than follow him to Russia. A female Russian politician during the World Cup told Russians to avoid having sex with tourists who come in for the World Cup, and added that if Russians MUST have sex with World Cup tourists, they should only have sex with WHITE tourists.

    These things do not paint Russia, the country, as a friendly place for anyone other than white folk.

    But, I'd like to think that the people of the country themselves, are a diverse lot, and just like in any country, you'll find good and bad eggs. I'm sure the majority are good folk, and will be more than happy to welcome travelers to check out their beautiful country.

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    • Also, I'm not a vegetarian, but I suspect Russia may also be a challenging place for a vegetarian. I might be wrong. I hope I'm wrong!

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  • I find it very interesting and I would love to visit one day. The stereotype I get is that the people are very scary and you wouldn't want to mess with them but besides from that I don't really fully trust or buy into a lot of what British media is telling us about Russia lately something seems very off that's all I'm saying

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    • here in the US too, i don't completely buy what the media says about them

    • It's like they just point the finger at them for everything and it's obvious they want a war Germany has wanted to a European army for years now and they want something to distract from people wanting to leave the EU and make it seem good again

  • Russia is a politically shady country, they are all about dirty business. Russians are not all bad but in general I would say they're arrogant by nature. They think they're better than everyone else because theyre not. Maybe the train ride will be nice but that's how I feel about the country.

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    • @Chiper91 Yes, I have noticed this. They live in fantasy land, watching too much TV. They don't understand the big picture.

    • @Chiper91 I think americans are more polite than Russians. Russian girls are cocky and have an attitude

  • I would like to visit the country. Like every country, there are both good and bad things. I would like to go because despite its polemic and critical history, I want to know more about the Russian culture, its places to visit like the Kremlin, the Church of Blood, the natural landscapes, its art, the food, and to understand how do russians reach a good education level, their learning methods.

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    • What is The Church of Blood?

    • @Loverpool It is a church which was built on the site where the Romanov family was executed. I think it is known as Church on the Blood and it is in Yekaterinburg.

    • Complete name: Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land.

  • Seems ok. I've met a few Russian men and they seem very motivated intelligent physically fit and full of masculine energy which i find very attractive. The women seem very smart beatiful and very healthy (apart from the smoking).
    https://youtu.be/naf4DNAZNaU

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    • Yea I agree. The girls are very dominant too! Well at least one from Moscow was in Spain recently! Quite liked her sexy confidence! Did feel a bit abused but liked it a lot. lol

  • I’m sure it’s a country filled with beautiful and kind people, but from what I have heard about their homophobic policies, involvement in US politics, and my personal opinion that the cuisines are not very apetizing (with the exception of good Vodka), so Russia will not be a place I would want to visit in the future.

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    • Yea the homophobic crap needs to be wiped out. Makes em as neanderthal as the muslims & some African nations.

    • Oh & the Neanderthal sects that think they are still part of Christianity too. Jesus never said he hated gays, those that do are no Christians.

  • I think Russia is a beautiful place, and I'd love to visit it. I would love to even study there if I could. I don't dwell much in the politics between Russia and other countries but I generally see it as a beautiful and good place.

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    • I think it is definitely interesting & do want to visit. Wish it could get its old government back & rebuild that wall. I would fling myself into East Berlin. Rather live quite poor with Maria Sharapova than rich with Kim Kardashian. Why are Russians so attractive?

  • i have travelled to Russia multiple times-To St. Petersburg, and I find the Russian people incredibly culturally astute, very creative and (mostly) welcoming people. I also believe that they have been sold a bill of goods by their authoritarian thug of a dictator Putin which is not in their own best interests.
    Unfortunately our own would be authoritatrian thug of a president is somehow in cahoots the Russian thug. Why this is, we can only guess-but I will just bet that historians will write about the pee tapes as real thing.
    And if we are not careful, we will be living much like the good Russian people-under a oligarchic kleptocracy.

    Which is exactly what the mobster president wants.

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    • Love this answer. Thank you

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    • well, if someone is elected with 80% of the votes then it's not a dictatorship, maybe you want me to say that you maybe don't know what a dictator is but I am sure you know what it means so no need to go there, and yes you lied meaning you didn't told the truth but the opposite of truth

    • @howlyz you are right. Usually a dictator demands at least 90%. Of course we probably don't know the real percentage, given that Putin has strong control over what the press can put out.

  • I'd like to live there. The culture is rich and interesting and a mixture of eastern and western culture and somehow close to my country's culture.
    And the weather seems good, i've some friends who got good jobs there.

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  • I had a really weird dreams once that I married Putin and he was seriously in love with me. I woke up kinda weirded out since he is like, old. Lol.

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  • It's a country with citizens who I am not going to assume anything about. I wouldn't wish to travel there though.

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    • It's not that bad a place. People aren't as mind-controlled as Americans.

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    • @Trolldad I don't find it interesting. Sorry. :)

  • Bad. Don’t like Putin, don’t like their homophobia, don’t like them wanting to take over an island in my country for their military.🙄

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    • which island would that be, do you have a border with Russia, on sea or land, it seems there is no bordering between Sweden and Russia

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    • Your NATO violated the treaty signed by both sides that NATO will not expand further towards Russia after the WW2, sapienti sat

    • re cap - I watched videos of your sweedish island and saw American soldiers on your island, not Russian soldiers.. if I work in Croatia, my money goes to pay those NATO soldiers to invade your nice sweedish island (and I think your island is very nice tbh)..
      your country, and you need to pay, those soldiers to ocupy your nice island with taxes..
      NATO and america dont want to concuer russia and vice versa, they just need the status quo..
      Russia also dont need your island, it's just a game

  • I dont know much but I see it like this.
    Russia as country with character. Whenever is someting happening in world, first thing cross my mind is how will Russia react to this.
    Russia stands on her own, has very unique president who is scary and seems nice at same time. I don't know much but as much as I know Russia seems fair.
    Russia has beautiful girls but also girls who done too much plastic surgery. Also never saw more #thinspo from anybody as much from Russian girls.
    Russia has people who are unique but have a really good heart, never met better people than Russians.
    I will visit Russia once. Love from Croatia.

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    • Oh yes, Never mind inventing a free national health service & this internet? We invented Football too. What has your dour nation brought to the World?

    • yeah yeah, sure

  • Personally, I'd love to see the country and try some great vodka too.

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  • I'd love to visit the country and they have gorgeous people but I don't know for some reason russia always came to me as a bad guy and not in a political sense at all, its just a weird feeling i get.

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  • My thought are saint petersborg, snow, putin, though and kind people, cold, wild and some corruption. I have never been there.

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    • Having met a lot of russians.. they aren't really something I'd call kind.

    • @Zenurus yea they are kinda brutal aren't they? Decent sense of humour though, the guys mainly, the girls are just brutal

  • The people overall are diverse and there are good and bad people. The government is very corrupt though, but I don't think an everyday citizen should be seen as bad because of what the people in power do... especially when the people in power in Russia have been known to murder opponents...

    One of my favorite youtubers is Russian and she sometimes shows off the food and cultural tid bits :) I love RT tbh XD they have interesting stuff, youtube channel, the birthing show is good as well as the random documentaries.

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    • Well said Vishna. Exactly! Governments do not represent the actual people of their country. In every country I have been to, the locals were different. I even met a nice French person once. lol

  • I don't know, never been there.. my boss is Russian.

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  • I always hear some crazy shit happening and the ladies there are hot. Besides that I don't know much but I wouldn't mind visiting.

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  • I am neutral about Russia, I view its government as terrible

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  • i imagine drunken slav's doing the knife challenge while dancing

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  • Leaving politics aside, I would love to visit.
    I've studied the country's history and read many biographical books on the struggles that the people went through. The people overall are a very proud people.
    The culture and traditions are actually something to be admired.
    And this is coming from a person who grew up in the cold war. Raised believing that the Russian people simply wanted world dominance, and the total annihilation of the United States and its allies.

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  • A fuck up country where their leader is nuts, their whole Olympic team was busted for drugs, they are the worse drivers (See the YouTube videos), and they cheated in politics. Also, they are anti-human rights and their people have much fewer rights than Americans do

    Plus I dislike the cold and the snow

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  • No better than United States. Both are extremely self-centered and neither are genuinely working towards world peace. By that, I mean preserving their own countries is a higher priority than achieving world peace alongside rest of the world. I do t know any countries doing the above also.

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  • I would love to go. I visited Belarus and Ukraine in June, with a Russian speaking friend, and it whetted my appetite.

    But, I'm hesitant to go with the present regime in office, given the state of our relationship with Russia.

    This pisses me off, because on an individual level, I've always got along well with the Russians I've met.

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  • They sold out. Conned by Yeltsin & Baywatch's David Hastlehoff singing 'Freedom' in his leather pants on the Berlin wall (both alcoholics) Now they are a corrupt state serving the filthy rich like most of the countries in the rest of the world. God Bless Cuba, Vietnam, Venezuela &
    North Korea. I hope they survive & prosper. Forget our puppet media propaganda, they are community minded, not selfish money grabbing societies.

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  • My personal view from my experience with russian people - would be negative. Living near the country, having dated, studied and worked with plenty. It must be some to the cultural collision too I bet, but.. if a country has to change their educational history books 'cause they're too dark... Come on.

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  • Bad country. It's caused many problems, still causing many problems, and is undermining democracy and infiltrating many countries.

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  • As a country, it's a relatively lawless Oligarchy controlled by a dictator who's willing to annex parts of smaller neighbouring countries, and to kill journalists and opposition politicians with impunity.

    I knew someone with a Russian girlfriend he used to visit, 20 years ago. He said you never buy a train ticket, you just bribe the people who come to check them because, as a foreigner, they'll just throw your ticket out the window and you'll have to pay them anyway.

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  • If it stopped living in the 1950s then maybe it would be a nice place. It's way too militarized, they have to realise that the age of empires is over and you can't take any land by force now.

    Example the Russian soldiers in Ukraine. Russia is the biggest country on earth and yet they still want other people's land.

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  • I am Russian.
    I see it as a sad country.
    I think there's more potential in Russia than in 90% of the world's countries, and yet it's squandered.

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    • How do russians view black people? there's a kind of fear among blacks that russians don't like them

    • Mixed views.
      Most people hold a view that due to the behavior of blacks, say, in the US: high crime rate. Migrants: acting crazy. That it's better without them. But of course there are some thousands of blacks in Russia, and many don't have many problems.

      I would say that being from the Caucasus is 10x worse than being black.

  • Russia is bad.. For travel purpose, it's a great country, but if you want to settle down and want to work over there for some years it's hard...

    They are harsh towards immigrants, the only way to get citizenship is by marrying a Russian girl and of course there are many... People are friendly officials aren't..
    There are more girls than Men,
    Russian Girls are gorgeous..

    I stayed there for a year and it's not worth my time...

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  • Hopefully its nice, Ill be in Moscow in a few weeks :p

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  • In general, bad. I'd want to visit certain parts of Russia coz historic reasons.

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  • I like every country. Russians I humans too. It doesn't make sense to dislike millions of people because you dislike their relatively small body of government.

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  • It has its pros and cons like every place on earth
    Yeah. I wanna visit

    I'm tired of the anti Russian propaganda here in the America

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  • I've heard that Russia is nothing like the former Soviet Union used to be. That in fact Russia has become an even more good Christian nation than the USA or Israel.

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  • F*** no I'm black
    That's just too much to handle there

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    • you're right and i feel terrible knowing there are people like that there cause i really like Russia

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    • www.oneikathetraveller.com/...-towards-blacks.html

      "Travelling While Black in Russia– My experience

      The short version: I had no issues at all during my time in Moscow and St. Petersburg– in fact, I was treated exceptionally well. I got a *lot* of love from local people and this was shocking to me based on what I’d heard and read about race relations in Russia."

      I think most of the negative things you hear about Russia being racist are hyperbolic for the most part.

    • well a large majority of the people are as lovely as it gets, i live in a country with a Russian mentality and influence and i talked to at least 10 people who've been there, if you run into the wrong guys you could have serious consequences, some people hide their opinion but the most don't

  • Russia is a great country. With great heart people mostly I like Russia because Russia help India in his hard time when the whole world was against India but Russia always stood with India

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  • I'd like to visit. I don't believe it's bad, CNN is fake news. Don't believe it. The Russians are just like the Americans, resisting tyrannical government.

    Infowars. com

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  • Its demonized in western media because the dumbass lefties have quite the issue with vlad for some reason

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