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Why Russians Aren´t
Smiling at You in Sochi

National Journal, by Marina Koren

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Posted By:StormCnter, 2/9/2014 5:54:30 AM

When Ed Leigh arrived in Sochi to cover the Winter Olympics, something struck him as odd: None of the Russians there returned his smiles. When Leigh asked a native why that was, the man told him, "In Russia only two types of people smile: idiots and rich people—and rich people don´t walk on the street." For Russians, a smile in public is not the polite expression that Americans reflexively offer strangers on the street. A smiling person must have a good reason for doing it, and it should be obvious what that reason is. When people smile without hesitation—for no reason—Russians find

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: LAW428, 2/9/2014 6:34:09 AM     (No. 9725209)

What´s to smile about in the oppressive tyranny of the Russian regime? In time Americans will learn to flesh out the bleakness of their own Marxist tyranny.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: doodah, 2/9/2014 7:15:13 AM     (No. 9725223)

This brings back memories of meeting my soldier husband in Japan for R and R during the Vietnam war. When we met at the airport, we were so happy to see each other we naturally embraced with smiles and kisses. When we looked around we realized the Japanese crowd around us were staring in shocked amazement. Emotions were taboo back then in public, however, these many years later, I believe their culture to a large extent has been westernized and almost anything goes. On the other hand, Russia still holds tightly to old traditions with the help of the controlling ruling party and press. I could not live where smiling is so rationed.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: krause, 2/9/2014 7:20:39 AM     (No. 9725232)

I would imagine if a Russian smiles too much the government would investigate him, assuming he´s up to something. Dourness would keep one under the radar.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/9/2014 7:22:13 AM     (No. 9725238)

I´m not sure the reaction is limited to foreign countries. Many Southerners (admittedly we are gregarious) have experienced cold-shouldered responses to a smile and an effort to make small talk in a northern airport, park or other public area. In a Chicago airport, a woman actually got up and wordlessly moved to another seat when I mentioned the snow we could see outside the windows.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: philly_patriot, 2/9/2014 8:38:23 AM     (No. 9725317)

There are more serious reasons Sochi is somber than just being in a Marxist Totalitarian State.

It was the site of a Czarist massacre of tens of thousands of local Circassians 150 years ago, some of whom have moved back and had homes confiscated to build the Olympic sites.

ALL local residents of ALL ethnic groups have had property and personal rights trod on to build Putin´s showcase Olympics.

Historically, think Czarist Russian expansion in South Caucasus to establish a warm water Black Sea port.




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Reply 6 - Posted by: Judith, 2/9/2014 9:52:01 AM     (No. 9725435)

Funny, up here in Boston, I have frequently been asked by out-of-staters, why the people of my state don´t smile back and are so unfriendly. Given the lunatics who live in this state, I tell the visitors count it as a blessing.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Brittany, 2/9/2014 10:12:29 AM     (No. 9725467)

Many years ago I noticed this reaction in a reasonably sized eastern Pa town. if you didn´t go to school with them, they gave you baffled looks. Coming from the Pgh. area, where people often yielded the right of way and chatted with strangers, it took some adjustment but I still smiled.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: FormerNYer, 2/9/2014 12:09:45 PM     (No. 9725611)

Russians for the most part are fowl, sloppy, unclean swine.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/9/2014 12:22:23 PM     (No. 9725625)

#6, many years ago, a young software tech from Woburn, MA, came to my offices to spend a week clearing up some computer problems. He was amazed that we had so many four-way stops and that they operated so efficiently with drivers politely taking turns. His opinion was that it would never work up north.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: shamus, 2/9/2014 12:31:34 PM     (No. 9725635)

Living in Russia is nothing to smile about.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 2/9/2014 1:51:00 PM     (No. 9725712)

I agree #4. A smile andd/or a nod to passers by is normal here, if not a "Hello" or "How are you?". Heavens, if you nod to a pedestrian as you drive by, they nod back here! It´s called civilization.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 2/10/2014 12:38:14 AM     (No. 9726149)

Some cities are just too big (think New York, Boston, LA) for people to go around smiling at everyone.

However, ask someone for directions or have an individual transaction, and you will get a smile.

People in big cities are wary for a reason--you don´t know the people you meet, and there are some bad people in the world, who will try to put you off guard by being friendly.

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