Author's notes Ksenia Kirillova

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Conspiracy and history revived: five features of the American hinterland

When thinking about immigration to the United States, residents of the post-Soviet space most often imagine sunny Miami, foggy San Francisco, or bustling New York. In general, such ideas are not far from reality: it is “on the banks” that the bulk of immigrants are concentrated. At the same time, relatively few of ...


If a friend suddenly turned out to be an American: why is it difficult for ours to find friends in the USA

Disunity, inability to build close friendships, superficiality, lack of soulfulness are not only common myths about Americans, but for some immigrants it is a very real reason to return home from the United States. Such reasons for leaving were named, for example, by Elina Whaley, ...


Expectation vs reality: how Hollywood myths about ideal Americans are shattered when meeting US residents

Speaking of Americans, it is important to emphasize that the US population is so diverse that it is almost impossible to describe the image of a "typical American". First, the United States is largely composed of immigrants who have brought the characteristics of their national culture to their new homeland. And secondly, the mentality of people in some states can ...


Why do Americans arrange their funerals in life

The American tradition of celebrating important life events with a special scope and taste is known to us all from Hollywood films. Moreover, the wealthier the Americans are, the more their personal family event turns into a public holiday. For marriage, for example, in the United States ...


Adapting to life in the USA: how to get rid of the fears and habits of the homeland and open up to new things

For many coming to the United States, immigration seemed like a dream come true. However, there are often cases when bright expectations and first enthusiasm give way to disappointment, nostalgia for an abandoned homeland torments more and more, and some immigrants even begin to regret their decision ...


How an immigrant from Russia became an expert of leading US think tanks without connections and specialized education: personal experience

In fact, Russian analysts and scientists work in the United States, although they are much less common here than, say, IT specialists from Russia. Most often, such people work in American universities, and much less often in think tanks, or so-called think ...


How Russia trains and deploys spies in the United States and how effective they are

June marks the 11th anniversary of the largest spy scandal in the history of Russia and the United States. As a result of the betrayal of the former colonel of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) of Russia, Alexander Poteyev, the FBI uncovered a network of deeply conspiratorial illegal spies. Many of them have lived under strangers for decades ...


American philanthropy: how the system of assistance to the needy actually works in the USA

Mexican Ivan does not know a word of Russian and has never been to Russia. He says with a smile that he inherited the Russian name from his parents, who really wanted to name the boy Juan. However, since Ivan already had older brothers ...


Five of the most exotic sights in the USA

There are certainly many more exotic locations in the United States. Although the USA is a relatively young country, here you can find attractions for all tastes: Victorian buildings and dizzying skyscrapers, huge green parks and endless deserts, ocean coast and mountain peaks. But we chose ...


Seven common mistakes Russian-speaking immigrants make to the United States

The difference in mentality is a stumbling block for many immigrants, especially those who decide to move to another country in adulthood. Unfortunately, sometimes a lack of understanding of local peculiarities can lead not only to funny curiosities, but also significantly complicate adaptation, ...

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