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RUS100 Notes: Week of 3/14/16

by: Sarah Jessica Harris

RUS100 Notes: Week of 3/14/16 637747

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Date Created: 03/12/16
RUS 100 Notes: Week of 3/14/16    ● IV. Slavic Soul: ​Russian soul. Hospitality, very similar to Italians.   ● Russians love to dance, drink, toast, sing (often American songs)  ● The head of the Mafia travels to America all the time ­ buys many gifts from  America to bring back to Russia  ● V. ​Obsessed with order (passion for order)   ○ Why?   ­size of country  ­flatness of land  ­easy to invade  ­to keep the ethnic groups together as citizens of one country  ● Will do anything and everything to survive (avoid the law's, forget morality, steal,  lie, cheat, bribe, anything to survive).  ● V. ​Strong government rule.  ● VI. ​Devotion to the land (Mother Russia, the motherland. EXTREME patriotism)  ● Dissidents had to be prepared to leave. They did not know where they were  going or when. They were told that their families would follow them soon after  (usually true).   ● Before leaving, the dissidents would go out into a courtyard and collect some dirt  to bring with them. This was often the first thing taken from them when passing  through customs. They wanted this piece of land to bring with them as a symbol  of ties to the motherland.  ● VII. ​ he consumption of alcohol/drinking problem.  ­Drinking vodka became a pastime   ­Drinking beer has become very popular among the young  ● Three most important things to Russians: Family, Friends, and Vodka  ● A Russian has two escapes from life  ­Vodka  ­Nature   ● Love the great outdoors. One of their favorite outdoor activity is picking  mushrooms*** and berries  ● According to historians, Vodka came to Russia from Poland. This is their national  drink. It is always in the house. If there is company, Vodka is the first thing to be  placed on the table.  ● Why do Russians drink so much? They drink if they are sad, they drink if they are  happy, they will drink if they are bored, they will find any reason to consume  alcohol. It is an escape from their “gray” world.  ● Vodka is used as a cure­all. Arthritis, a common cold, frostbite, anything.  ● Russians try not to go to doctors, because they are worried that the doctor would  misdiagnose them, or they are worried that the doctor would give them  something that would kill them.  ● Vodka makes primarily men die in Russia.   ● Vodka is the primary reason for divorce.  ● Lower productivity and health problems are also a result of the high alcohol  consumption.  ● On average, Russians consume 3.5 gallons of vodka, for every man, woman and  child, annually.   ● Latest statistics show that this number is now 5 gallons annually.  ● The average Russian man consumes a bottle of vodka in four days.  ● Russia is ranked 4th in the world for alcohol consumption.  ● In terms of deaths attributed to alcohol, Russia is number one.  ● 80% of Russia’s government tax revenues come from the alcohol industry.  ● The latest fad is vodka made specifically for females. It comes in a bottle shaped  like a perfume bottle, they are advertised for middle class women, showcasing  intelligence, and feminism.  ● Since the 90’s there have been people who sell knock­off vodka on the streets.  This is not real vodka, and often causes death.  ● Beer, until about three years ago, was considered a soft drink.  ● After the crash of 98, people started making their own beer.  ● Baltica is one of the most popular of these beers (16 proof). The favorite.  ● A vodka named Putinka is a popular beer named after president Vladimir Putin.  ● Gorbachev wanted his people to drink less alcohol (late 80’s)  ­raised prices  ­cut adds  ­cut store hours, etc…  ● In resistance to this, the Russian people started making their own vodka  (moonshine).  ● There was no sugar available because it was all being used up on moonshine  production.  ● Russia’s leader went on a quest to find a religion. He was very interested in  Islam, however, he did not take it, because the religion does not support the  consumption of alcohol. The consumption of alcohol is part of Russian life, they  cannot live without it.   ● 50 million bottles of vodka consumed by the population.  ● Nothing was more important to Russians than family and friends. It is essential to  their happiness.  ● The kitchen is the place to be. They want to be around the food, they want to be  social. 


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