Below we tried to list some common traits of the Russian character and list some things that Russians love and hate.If you are lucky enough to meet a person whose character incorporates all of the items from the list below, we can assure you that this person possesses the pure Russian spirit and should be treated with high respect.Since most Russian students do not have the financial resources to live on their own, many opt to live in their university’s ramshackle, isolated dormitories.Think one hour outside of the city center by metro, followed by a 20-minute bus ride.Some believe that “cultured” women do not drink vodka (outside of celebrations), or even ordinary beer.Thus, do not be surprised if your Stoli-chugging beau offers to buy you champagne, Redd’s (a sweet cider-like ale), or perhaps a 40 oz. Admittedly, the system of Russian cursing () is far more vulgar and complex than its English counterpart, involving curious grammatical adaptations and a heavy dose of prison jargon.There are certain peculiarities that only Russians have and it's useful to know them.
Although Valentine’s Day has gained momentum in Russia as a commercial holiday, the real dates of importance for citizens throughout the post-Soviet space are March 8th, and February 23rd.Although the holiday was originally created to honor members of the Russian Armed Forces, it is now accepted as a day to celebrate all men.For all of its alcohol-centric culture, there remains a surprising taboo surrounding women’s drinking habits.All healthy men in Russia between the ages of 18 and 27 who are not enrolled in higher education and who are not caring for children or relatives are required to complete one year of military service (a reduction from the previous term of 18 months).Men will go to great lengths to avoid this miserly fate, often bribing doctors for medical exemptions.If you decide to become a Russian, you can use the list below as guidelines. It’s an honor for our drivers to move on the red light or to bother other drivers and scorn pedestrians. It's either utopia or bare knuckles, raw materials or highly sophisticated systems.