Attitude towards foreigners in Russia
- Posted by: Enjoy Russian
- Category: Interesting Russia
When you travel to Russia for the first time, it’s absolutely normal to feel a little bit nervous about how people will react if you look different, aren’t fluent in Russia, or if you need somebody’s help.
Many students choose to come to “Enjoy Russian” language school as their first trip to Russia, so the students and their parents sometimes worry about what they heard or read, especially in socials, and ask us if Russians are hostile, unfriendly, rude, aggressive to foreigners in general or to certain nations.
It’s not a secret that Russia is an object of attention of the international media, and you can hear contradictory opinions on attitude towards foreigners in Russia.
How do Russians treat foreigners in small towns?
When we ask our students who’re finishing their course about their impressions of Petrozavodsk, they say: “I loved the people!”. Indeed, our students note, that in Petrozavodsk people are used to foreigners: the republic of Karelia is a popular tourist destination, and there are lots of foreign students studying in Petrozavodsk as well as business travellers. So don’t be expect to attract some special attention just by the way that you look or speak.
Russians are really open-hearted, especially you can see it in small towns. If you need to find a direction in the city or to make sure when to get off a bus, just ask the first person you see for help. Ask in Russian – and you will certainly get a helping hand. People appreciate that you are interested in their language and culture, so they will gladly share it with you. Our student Erling from Norway said: “When you get to know the russophone world, you learn that it’s very complicated and diverse. And when you learn the Russian language, this world opens up for you. The Russian people have been so welcoming and friendly that the trip has been much easier than we expected»
Are Russians friendly in St. Petersburg and Moscow?
If we speak about large cities, like St. Petersburg or Moscow, foreigners often note, that if you just look lost, people will come to you themselves to offer their help. It doesn’t apply to everyone, because the pace of life itself is really different in the cities: crowds of people are always hurrying somewhere, the same as in any other populated cities around the world. But there is absolutely no aggressive attitude towards foreigners in Russia.
There are lots of stereotypes about Russians, we love to break them! Come to Petrozavodsk and make sure that