10 Reasons to live in Russia

Many foreigners from ex-Soviet republics and non-CIS countries strive to live in Russia.

From time to time Russia becomes influenced by economic crises. Volatile economy scares away those, who come to Russia to make quick money or build a career (immigrants from Asia, Europe or Northern America), but less materialistic foreigners still feel a strong interest in this country. Why do they find Russia so appealing? Let’s try to figure it out.

1. Tolerance

Russia is a highly tolerant country. Various polls have shown that Europeans and Americans are not nearly so tolerant of other faiths and beliefs as Russians.

Being in Paris, I saw a native Frenchman frowning at the company of African immigrants. He was not directly hostile, but he clearly did not like them. In Russia, tolerance is not just a political correctness stunt, but the way of world perception. Indeed, there are more than 180 peoples living in Russia. For many years people of different cultures and nationalities have been making a great contribution to the Russian development. Russia will gladly accept new members into its multinational family, if those are ready to live and work there.

2. Living in Russia is interesting

This huge country is a real kaleidoscope of different cultures, natural and urban panoramas.

Yaroslavl by Andrey

Yaroslavl by Andrey (CC, flickr)

Sankt-Peterburg by Dennis Jarvis

Sankt-Petersburg by Dennis Jarvis (CC, flickr)

Chike-Taman, Altai by Serge Bystro

Chike-Taman, Altai by Serge Bystro (CC, flickr)

Russians themselves are particularly interesting specimens, unfettered by any conventions.

3. Real human relations

Yet, Russians cannot be called ordinary people. They differ from uptight Asian nations or Europeans, who always follow the rules of courtesy and respect the concept of private space.

When Russians smile, they do it sincerely. When they truly detest something, they are unlikely to conceal it. Russia is the only place, where you can have “a heart-to-heart talk”, i.e. you can say whatever comes to your mind.

4. Spirituality and intelligence

Russians have a reputation for being spiritual and intelligent people, regardless of their social status.

You may be surprised to learn that a lovely girl you are talking to buys products and medicines for an old lady, who lives nearby and cannot do it for herself. She does it every day and does not regard this act as something extraordinary.

A down-to-earth technician may reveal himself as a big fan of classical music and Renaissance art. Likewise, a bus driver may switch on a classic rock song and the better part of passengers may sing along to it in English.

5. Dispute

Dispute is a unique phenomenon of daily life in Russia. In fact, it is quite hard to imagine a real dispute in any other western or eastern culture unless it is scientific debates. In Russia, a meeting or a holiday fest may result in a heated discussion on any possible topic, and it is commonly known that truth is born of arguments.

6. A stable living base in Russia

A major part of Russia lies in stable and seismic-safe zones.

Besides, the bulk of the Russian territory is notably raised above sea level. As a rule, greenhouse effect makes climate for the population of Russia better and not worse, as in other parts of the world. For instance, Russian winters become milder.

Russia is well-provided with fresh water (remember Lake Baikal), fossil fuels and minerals. Furthermore, such renewable resources as hydropower are immense and their number is constantly rising. All in all, Russia has almost everything needed for a good live.

7. All for one, one for all!

The time of troubles and the pursuit of a crazy idea – either it is the elimination of a threat to mankind or dare a space flight – seem to draw Russians together. United by a common belief, they form an integrated whole. And it is damn good to feel that you are a part of something big and great!

8. Talented and gifted

Russians are people of many talents. Never-ending problems make this nation very resourceful.

If you look upon the development of science and technology, you will realize that many inventions and breakthroughs become possible thanks to native Russians and Russian immigrants. Nowadays, this trend is still present. It is nice to live in Russia, surrounded by such gifted people.

9. Russian art

We have posted many articles on Russian writers, poets, composers, musicians, singers, architects and other representatives of Russian art. And we will post even more.

If you live in Russia, you have a chance to immerse yourself into its rich history and touch upon the treasures of world culture right where they were created!

10. Beauty

Stranger portrait. She is an architect. Novosibirsk (Siberia). By Mikhail Koninin

Stranger portrait. She is an architect. Novosibirsk (Siberia). By Mikhail Koninin

Being a seasoned traveler, I am probably allowed to say that Russian women are the most beautiful in the world. There is no other place where I have met so many gorgeous people. Even in foreign countries and tourist strongholds Russians can be easily distinguished by their beauty. In simple words, if you see an attractive girl on the beach, feel free to greet her in Russian by saying “Privyet!” (“Hi!”).

Certainly, a life in Russia has its drawbacks, but there are no perfect countries in the world.


20 responses to “10 Reasons to live in Russia”

  1. omgasfasfaf says:

    Clearly typed from someone who either lives or wants to live in there and see’s it over everything. A complete illusion… Hate this kind of review because a lot of people do it, about their own countries or the countries they want to live in… Seriously, try to read that and see if you are not acting like it is superior in everything lol

  2. Артем Сковородко says:

    все правильно написано!

  3. Peter Kroll says:

    It is of course the Russian perspective but there is a lot of truth to it. They may not greet you as easily and not smile everywhere. But if found friend this is real friendship, and not the friendships such as in Asia, those who re useful to me are my friends.

  4. Amandeep says:

    Hi I am dramatics student of India who is planning to study abroad and Russia is one of my options. So is it safe for a light brown skin colour man (I know it sounds racist but I don’t know how to put it nicely) to study in Russia ?

  5. Robert Williams says:

    Many thanks for your comments I planning to visit Russia soon. Hoping that what you have said is true I won’t be concerned that much then. I am looking forward to my visit.

  6. Lolly says:

    I am learning about the positives of Russia as I intend to move there and marry a Russian girl called Anna

  7. Alex says:

    i’m russian, and most of this handouts has different side.
    Atheism, LGBT, every difference tipical russian face with
    negetion. Our spirituality starts in plenty of churches and ends there start personal benefit. Most of our intelligent people leave this country, becouse of low science funding. Our dispute starts on bottle bottom of strong alcohol. Our stability is excuse of corrapted authority, minimum wage is about 150 dollars in month, IN MONTH, KARL. All of our nature wealth serve for authority enrichment. In my native small town where lives 100thousends of people, many of them live on that wage. Our culture is drowns in steаling, greed, spite. Russian beautiful girls should be good, to find better man among not good ‘normal’ russian.

    • Peter Kroll says:

      What can I say about western culture then?
      So called “political correctness” is used as a tool for censorship, mad people can become powerful politicians, the commercialisation of mankind has taken unprecedented levels, drug consumption has long surpassed alcohol.
      You can find negative point everywhere.

    • PettingPets says:

      I’m gonna stay in America, thank you for the bright side view of the country though!

  8. Jessica says:

    Beauty is not about female beauty in my opinion. Russian men are also very handsome and attractive.

  9. uday says:

    I love Russia being a Indian I heard Russia always great friend to India

  10. RioAxl says:

    I am an American who lived in Moscow, Russia in the early 00s. I wandered the city with no problem. But every time I saw a police officer detain someone, which was daily, that person was brown-skinned.

    The women in Russia are the most beautiful I’ve ever seen! The Russians I met were very friendly and helpful – and always wanting to practice their English with me.

  11. Gabberry says:

    I m an haitian woman, looking forward to pursue my education in Russia. But all I know from that country is through media, which not always depains it as a nice and greeting country. So thank you for your article, make me have an another look on Russia.

  12. Atif says:

    Hi.. I am Atif from Pakistan. I am planning to study in russia and live there it is very great information for me to before my arrival there..


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