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Anne Egros, Intercultural Executive Coach

Anne Egros, Intercultural Executive Coach | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
James Joyce’s famous statement that “history is a nightmare” from which we should try to awake, aptly describes current events in the Ukraine.  All nations involved in these events are biased by the remembered, misremembered, forgotten, and mythologized history they carry in their heads.
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Russia threatens to aim nuclear missiles at Denmark ships if it joins NATO shield

Russia threatens to aim nuclear missiles at Denmark ships if it joins NATO shield | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
unacceptable.
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Clearly an unacceptable.threat !  There is no excuse for that kind of behavior and this time maybe Russians will start to realize that they can't ignore what is happening in the world outside Russia because nuclear weapons will also destroy them.

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One Year After Russia Annexed Crimea, Locals Prefer Moscow To Kiev

One Year After Russia Annexed Crimea, Locals Prefer Moscow To Kiev | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Poll after poll proves U.S. and Europe wrong on Crimea's annexation by Russia last March.
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Gallup Poll can't be challenged as being biased by Russain propaganda !

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Russia's Growing Middle Class

Russia's Growing Middle Class | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Russia's middle class is about to go through the mill of a sharp economic slowdown.
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Even during current economic slowdown, the Russian Middle Class remains the most important group  in term or consumption and contribution to the  Russian economy  

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Russia's propaganda war is a danger for Ukraine's Jews | Timothy Snyder

Russia's propaganda war is a danger for Ukraine's Jews  | Timothy Snyder | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Timothy Snyder: Despite what Putin says about antisemitism in the new Kiev government, Ukraine's Jews are committed to independence
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Today, the Jewish population of Russia stands at approximately 194,000 - the sixth largest Jewish community in the world. (About 0.1 % of Russian population )

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10 varieties of Russian smiles | Russia Beyond The Headlines

10 varieties of Russian smiles | Russia Beyond The Headlines | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Russians have a reputation for being stern, unsmiling people. But actually, Russians do smile, and their smiles mean different things in different situations
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Like Russians in Hollywood movies are always the bad guys, the stereotypes about Russians not smiling is still  very present but not true..

 

From my experience, the context is very important :  For Russians ,there is a big difference in attitudes if you are par of their inner circles , friends, family, colleagues or neighbors,  or if you are a  perfect stranger.

 

In addition, it depends also if you talk with  young Russians speaking English who will smile easily or elderly people who has no experience outside their country.

 

I actually find more Russian smiling in the metro or streets of  Moscow than in Paris.

 

If you smile first, Russians usually smile back to you so beware of your own attitude.

 

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Hollywood stereotypes: Why are Russians the bad guys?

Hollywood stereotypes: Why are Russians the bad guys? | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Hollywood stereotypes: Why are Russians the bad guys?
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Very good question indeed especially in today's context about  conflicts in Ukraine

 

I always found ridiculous the way Russians are portrayed in Western mass media, especially movies, but now i think it is pathetic how those basic stereotypes are used in "Cold-War 2.0" for anti-Russian propaganda. 

 

On the other side, stereotypes about the CIA,, "the conspiracy theory " , and "big brother is watching you"  are also used to demonized the Americans in Russia.

 

 

 

 

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Russia country profile

Russia country profile | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
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At a glancePolitics: Vladimir Putin, Russia's dominant political figure since 2000, resumed the presidency in 2012Economy: Russia is heavily dependent on oil and gas exports. Officials have been hesitant to privatise energy assetsInternational: Russia has reacted with hostility to any developments perceived to threaten its strategic interests. The 2014 revolution in Ukraine sparked the biggest East-West showdown since the Cold War

 

 

 

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Career Center

Career Center | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Find a new job in Moscow, search vacancies and resumes and read about career advice, employment updates, education and career resources for working in Russia.
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Jobs in Moscow for #expat

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A guide to post-soviet parenting

A guide to post-soviet parenting | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Bolshevik, Family, History of the Soviet Union, Moscow, Russia, Russian, sovietunion, United States
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Différences sociales d'expatriation : homme / femme • NEW POINT de VIEW

Différences sociales d'expatriation : homme / femme • NEW POINT de VIEW | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
La domination masculine caractérisant nos sociétés met le rôle de la femme expatriée clairement en retrait - le décryptage de Stéphanie Dehling-Prusinski
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Articles interessant sur les differences hommes/femmes sur l' expatraition

 

Meme si encore largement minoritaire, de plus en plus d'hommes suivent leurs epouses envoyees en expatriation par leurs employeurs 

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Writing Your Way to Happiness

Writing Your Way to Happiness | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Some researchers believe that by writing and then editing our own stories, we can change our perceptions of ourselves and identify obstacles that stand in the way of better health.
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For years I have kept a journal where I write my dreams, small or big, without checking if they are feasible or not.


This exercise helps me being conscious of what I passionately want,


I check it regularly and add new ones but I am always amaze to see I have achieved some of my dreams almost effortlessly as they were in my mind when choices had to be made.

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Analysts Predict a Russian Descent Into Madness | News

Analysts Predict a Russian Descent Into Madness | News | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
"The fact that everyday life in Russia is still stable prevents common people from understanding how fragile the political situation is
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The Exchange: Are Putin’s days numbered?

Investor Bill Browder, author of “Red Notice,” explains how President Vladimir Putin gained control over Russia, including its oligarchs, in what he calls a “Sopranos moment.”
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Interesting interview from an investor point of you about what is going on in Russia

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Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons

Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Russia has threatened to target Denmark’s warships with nuclear weapons if the Scandinavian nation becomes a member of Nato’s missile defence shield.
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This is not acceptable way of solving conflicts, there is no excuse

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Understanding Russians: Interview of Mr Vladimir Tolstoy

Understanding Russians: Interview of Mr Vladimir Tolstoy | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it

 

The original title of this article from www.nytimes.com:

"In Putin's Nationalist Russia , a Tolstoy as Cultural Diplomat"


"You know, Russia is still is a country of big culture, it’s a country of big human relationships, friendship, love affairs and so on..." Mr Tolstoy said.

 

Anne Egros's insight:

 

Understanding Russians is quite complex.  Although 80 % of its population looks like Europeans, Russians have quite a different mindset and therefore seems to behave sometimes completely irrationally according to the West’s ‘point of view.  

 

Most Russians are highly educated, proud of their cultural heritage and Leon Tolstoy is a good example of the origin of the Russian pride and today’s revival of nationalism.

 

According to Vladimir Tolstoy, a great-great-grandson of Leo Tolstoy, the famous writer was a Russian officer who defended Russia during the siege of Sevastopol carried out by the British, French, Sardinian, and Turkish troops during the Crimean War from 1854 to 1855.

 

The Russians lost the war but as Vladimir Tolstoy explains, “For us, in our mind, this [Sevastopol] has always been Russia.

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The Absurd World of Russian Public Opinion | Opinion

The Absurd World of Russian Public Opinion | Opinion | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Hurray! We are attacking! Thank God! Many are dead and wounded! Thank God!" Thus exclaimed "good soldier Svejk" from the eponymous immortal novel by Jaroslav Hasek. And Russian public opinion today is no less absurd.
Anne Egros's insight:

Although in  the original article  "The Absurd World of Russian Public Opinion" , the word "absurd" is used  and is clearly a judgement  statement , the content has a lot of interesting data and is a good reflection of what the vast majority of Russians think today.

 

I don't have to approve or disapprove the Russians whom I share my life with today but it is important for me, as an expat and intercultural communication trainer, to understand  their mindset without putting too much culturally biased judgement..


In Russian culture, people and relationships are more important than money and other materialistic things for example. Will you treat them irrational ? Of course ! The Russians still think that their quality of life is good despite a sharp increase in food prices and lowering of their income ? This certainly seems absurd for Western culture minded people.


 


 

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Why Don't Russians Smile? - Russian Life

Why Don't Russians Smile? - Russian Life | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
It is a common trope that Russians never smile. Which of course is interpreted to mean they are unfriendly, gloomy, sullen – positively Dostoyevskian. This, of course, is a complete misreading of body language and cultural norms.
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The famous Russians don't smile is very common stereotypes about Russians but it is absolutely not true and due to a misunderstanding of basic Russians cultural values and behaviors.

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Russophobia: The Discreet Charm of Cultural Racism & the Legacy of Hate.

Russophobia: The Discreet Charm of Cultural Racism & the Legacy of Hate. | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Russophobia vs. Westernophobia. Part I. Russophobia: The Discreet Charm of Cultural Racism & the Legacy of Hate. Foreword. The meaning of the word 'Russophobia' is very broad and vague. For cen...
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Some references about the origins of Russophobia 

 

For the french speakers a good citation about the Russian characters in French literature from the XIX Century : http://www.fabula.org/actualites/l-image-des-russes-et-de-la-russie-dans-le-roman-francais-de-1900-a-nos-jours_37518.php

 

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Avec la crise, la classe moyenne russe peut-elle disparaître ? | Russie Information

Avec la crise, la classe moyenne russe peut-elle disparaître ? | Russie Information | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Interview avec Natalia Guilluy-Sulikashvili, docteur en civilisation russe et spécialiste de la classe moyenne russe. Russie Info : Lors d’une précédente interview, vous avez évoqué la classe moyenne en Russie comme étant fragile et exposée à tous les dangers. Dans la situation de crise actuelle, comment s’organise t-elle ?
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From cold war to hot war

From cold war to hot war | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
THE pens were on the table in Minsk, Belarus’s capital, for the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine to sign a deal to end a year-long war fuelled by...
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Malika Sorel : «Voir la France tant humiliée, violentée, m'est devenu insupportable»

Malika Sorel : «Voir la France tant humiliée, violentée, m'est devenu insupportable» | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Le choix de sa propre identité doit en effet être libre et non contraint. La liberté d'être est, à mes yeux, la plus importante qui soit. Par contre, il est évident que nul ne peut être exonéré du respect, sur un territoire donné, des normes collectives qui correspondent à l'héritage politique et culturel du peuple auquel ce territoire appartient.
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Very interesting article (in French) about immigration, religion, diversity, cultural values, religious symbols and secularism in France.

 

I basically said the same thing in an article that I wrote about being an expat and respecting the host country's values, history, customs by simply keeping private your cultural differences. 

 

"I simply cannot drop everything that makes me who I am,  my cultural values, beliefs, language and traditions in the name of integration or even in the name of respect for my host country as long as the way I behave is not hurting anybody’s feelings or their own values

""https://zestnzen.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/french-integration-system-produces-segregation-by-egalitarian-ideology/


Of course the complex problem of immigration, assimilation and, diversity  in France is far more complex than what I experience as an expatriate but I still understand the basic needs of people to belong to a community they share values with.

 

Educating yourself about your host country's culture  in depth is a must for all expatriates and evidently for people who get the nationality of their host country and establish themselves there. 


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Very interesting article (in French) about immigration, religion, diversity, cultural values, religious symbols and secularism in France.

 

I basically said the same thing in an article that I wrote about being an expat and respecting the host country's values, history, customs by simply keeping private your cultural differences. 

 

"I simply cannot drop everything that makes me who I am,  my cultural values, beliefs, language and traditions in the name of integration or even in the name of respect for my host country as long as the way I behave is not hurting anybody’s feelings or their own values

""https://zestnzen.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/french-integration-system-produces-segregation-by-egalitarian-ideology/

 

Of course the complex problem of immigration, assimilation and, diversity  in France is far more complex than what I experience as an expatriate but I still understand the basic needs of people to belong to a community they share values with.

 

Educating yourself about your host country's culture  in depth is a must for all expatriates and evidently for people who get the nationality of their host country and establish themselves there. 

 
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La Russie vue par une française • Россия глазами француженки • NEW POINT de VIEW

La Russie vue par une française • Россия глазами француженки • NEW POINT de VIEW | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Regard lucide d'une française sur la Russie après 6 ans d'expatriation... • Интересный взгляд француженки на Россию после 6 лет эмиграции...
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Expatriation au féminin & coaching des femmes expatriées • NEW POINT de VIEW

Expatriation au féminin & coaching des femmes expatriées • NEW POINT de VIEW | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Une française, ayant vécu à Moscou et à Budapest, livre son explication sur les raisons et la nécessité du coaching des femmes en expatriation en Russie
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Falling Ruble Drives Out Expats and Hits Hard Immigrants #Russia

Falling Ruble Drives Out Expats and Hits Hard Immigrants #Russia | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
The Western sanctions hurled at Russia over its annexation of Crimea and involvement in Ukraine may have had one unintended (or perhaps intended?) side effect — the mass exodus of foreigners earning money on the magically disappearing ruble.
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Russia’s surging inflation rate will remain high through spring of next year, propelled by the devaluation of the ruble currency and the steep cost of Moscow’s bans on food imports from Western countries that sanctioned it over Ukraine. ( https://zestnzen.wordpress.com/2014/11/30/russian-central-bank-forecasts-winter-of-high-inflation/&nbsp )

 

Expats already started to leave massively from August 2014 and it is very likely that this trend with accelerate as the European Union  has no plans to ease Russia sanctions. ( http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/19/us-ukraine-crisis-eu-idUSKBN0KS0JJ20150119)

 

The Ruble crisis also hit hard immigrants from countries that rely heavily on rubles sent home. In the region, most vulnerable countries are the central Asian countries of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Source: @guardian:  “Russia’s ruble crisis poses threat to nine countries relying on remittances”  http://gu.com/p/45xjh/tw

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