5 myths about Russians that are not true

Russians drink a lot

It is a classical stereotype as Russians are often pictured in many films as vodka drinkers. However, Russia is inferior to France, Italy and some US states in terms of per capita consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Many young people in the country choose to lead a healthy lifestyle, and you will rather meet them on a bike ride or in the gym than in a bar. Some foreigners believe that the most popular drink in Russia is vodka but it is not true, Russians prefer tea and drink it any time of the day.

It is always cold in Russia

For many foreigners, Russia personifies the realm of eternal winter, where it is cold even in summer, and the fact that palm trees grow in the south of the country becomes a real discovery. Even in the cold regions like Siberia, there is a very hot summer because of the sharply continental climate.

It is true that the climate in many areas is harsh, but since the country is huge and located in different climatic zones, it’s ridiculous to expect everywhere to be equally cold or warm.

Sea port, Sochi, Russia

Russians are savages

On the contrary, Russia has a rich history, culture, and traditions that are valued among foreigners. No wonder the country attracts thousands of tourists every year.

Mostly foreign groups and individuals visit St.Petersburg and Moscow, and that is where the most famous Russian sights are located. In this regard, it is not surprising that everyone talks with delight about the Hermitage, the Tretyakov Gallery, Mariinsky Theatre and Red Square.

Another surprising fact: for some reason, many guests are utterly amazed that people of absolutely all ages go to the museums and galleries of Russia.

Russians never smile

Practically all foreign guests remember the sincere Russian hospitality with kind words, but at the same time, they think of people around as serious and sullen. It seems that the harsh climate is to blame and it’s rare to see smiling men, women, young people, or old people on the streets.

But the oddity is that the situation changes dramatically if Russians are asked for the advice. If you ask a question, enter a social circle, or meet a person for a few times, then for inexplicable reasons, the gloominess disappears.

“Why is it impossible to smile from the very beginning?” the foreigners may wonder, with incomprehension. The explanation is easy: in Russia, such an approach is considered insincere, and a polite empty smile without real feelings is a sign of shallowness and hypocrisy.

Russia is Asia

In fact, Russia is not Europe and not Asia, but Eurasia. Russia will never become a purely European country, as it has never been and will not be a purely Asian state.

The geopolitical uniqueness and historical purpose of Russia are to be a buffer between Europe and Asia. The mission of Russian culture is determined by its diverse connections with cultures of many other nations of the West and the East.


Exhibition “Brothers Morozov. Great Russian collectors”

The long-awaited exhibition “Brothers Morozov. Great Russian collectors” takes place from June 21 to October 6, 2019, at the main headquarters of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and presents the masterpieces of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse and other famous artists from the legendary collection of Michael and Ivan Morozov.


Best museums for children in Saint Petersburg

If you are planning a trip to St. Petersburg, but are not sure whether to bring children with you, I am in a hurry to dispel all doubts. The city has many amazing places for families with children, and in this article, there will be a list of the most interesting museums of St. Petersburg for children.

Grand Layout of Russia

The best way to show a child the whole country in miniature is to go to the Grand Layout Russia show-museum. It is located on Flower Street, building 16. An interactive journey can be made by train – true, toy. During the “trip” the night will change the day – the beauty of the country will appear in all its diversity. This is a unique educational project where you can see mountains and plains, steppes and taiga.

Each city is marked not only by landmarks. The exhibition presents pictures from life: the passengers gathered at the station – and waiting for the train, people having a family celebration, traders offer their goods. For a couple of hours in the museum, the child will get an idea about the features of Russia, its uniqueness and beauty.

The museum is open daily from 10:00 to 20:00 (ticket office until 19:15), tickets can be purchased on the official website or on site.

Military Museum

A military history museum of artillery, engineering troops and communications troops of the Ministry of Defense. It is located in Alexander Park, Building 7. Among the exhibits are various types of weapons, military equipment, communications equipment. Here you can explore the entire history of Russian artillery from the XIV to the XX centuries. The museum presents the best examples of the art of gunsmiths in the world. The whole hall is dedicated to the Russian designer Mikhail Kalashnikov.

The museum has not only modern weapons. Here are samples of the XV-XVII centuries: you can see the weapons of Western Europe in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance.

The external exhibition of the museum, which is located in the courtyard of the Peter and Paul Fortress crownwork is also very interesting for children. 250 weapons from ancient times to the present day can be seen in close proximity.

The museum is open from 11:00 to 18:00 daily, except Mondays and Tuesdays. Last Thursday of the month the museum is closed. The official website is

Zoological Museum

Since 1832, the Zoological Museum on University Embankment, building 1, introduces visitors to the diversity of the animal world in different parts of the world. There are more than 30,000 exhibits in its halls, some of which have been preserved since the time of Peter the Great.

It is better to start the excursion for kids from the hall of mammals, in which the small animals are particularly delighted by the large animals. For example, in the collection dedicated to the recent geological past of the Earth, there is a huge mammoth. And in the first hall in the section of marine animals – the skeleton of a twenty-seven-meter blue whale. Older children will like figures of walruses, seals and rhinos.

Museum open: Mnday, Wednesday-Sunday: from 11.00 to 18.00; ticket office closes at 16.50.

Visiting a fairy tale

The interactive museum “Interactive fairy tale”, which opened in the center of St. Petersburg in 2015, will become a real guide to the magical world. It is located on Malaya Morskaya, building 21.

The museum is designed for visitors from five years old. Here the technology is in the service of folk traditions: the heroes of Russian fairy tales – Koschey Bessmertny, Baba Yaga, Tsarevna Frog, bear Mihailo Potapych, Kolobok, Old Man and Old Woman, postman Pechkin and many others – come to life thanks to complex cybernetic devices. Mechanical robots can move, laugh and cry, tell stories, sing, and dance.

The museum is open from 12:00 to 22:00, visitors younger than 3 years old visit for free.


Top summer activities all Russians do on the dacha

It has long been impossible to imagine the surroundings of any Russian city without houses of various types belonging to citizens, from homely sheds to luxury cottages. A dacha is a country house and a plot of land in a rural area owned by citizens who are registered in the city but spend some time in the countryside (from a week to a whole year), most often in summer.