4 myths about Russia that are totally wrong
Russia has been in the news a lot recently.
After moving from Russia at the age of 14, I was surprised by some of the different misconceptions and stereotypes that people had, so I decided to debunk some things most people get completely wrong!
1. Russia is always cold
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Граждан хотят призвать к ответственности с помощью акции "Убери за своим питомцем"? В столичных парках, на детских площадках и общественных местах планируется установить таблички с напоминанием о необходимости убирать за животными. . Отличная идея, не так ли? Фото: @ttverdaya
The first question I usually get when people find out that I am from Russia is: does it snow there all the time? I can confirm that isn't the case. Although Russia is notorious for heavy snowfall during winter, we do get a rather hot summer!
2. Russia is dangerous
I can't deny that post-Soviet Union Russia was riddled with crime and famous for its mafia and corruption, however, today things are rather different. Although Russia isn't completely crime free—I believe no place is—but, it's a lot safer than it was 20 years ago.
3. Everyone drinks Vodka
Russia is home to many famous alcoholic beverages, Vodka being one of the most well known. There is no denying that Russia is one of the largest Vodka producers in the world, however, we don't drink it all the time! The myth that Russians drink Vodka on a daily basis isn't true for most Russians. Nowadays most people are aware of the health risks associated with excessive drinking and now consume alcohol in moderation.
With this year's World Cup literally around the corner, football hooliganism is a hot topic. Although violence in football is a well-known problem associated with Russia, an overwhelming majority of football supporters in Russia—as well as in the UK—have no interest in engaging in physical violence with anyone during a football match.