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Why are Russians so poor: the opinion of an American who has lived in Russia

Author of the channel "Russian in America" ​​on Yandex.Zen talks about his travels, life in the United States and stories related to Russia.

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Recently I talked with my friend, who managed to live in Russia for some time, and asked him one very interesting question: “What do you think about Russia and the Russians?”

Further - on behalf of him.

I have a very positive attitude towards you, towards Russians, but - I do not like your state. Why does a country with more than 20% of the world's forest, and more oil, gas and minerals than in other countries, live so poor?

It just doesn’t fit in my head: since you extract and sell so much oil, why do you live so poorly?

I will try to explain, in my opinion, why this is so.

It’s quite normal for you to deceive someone, to “bend” - be it your boss, housing or the state. Instead of honestly paying for utilities (despite the fact that they are much cheaper than in America), some of you prefer to install some kind of device to slow down the counter, and so on.

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The worst thing is that you treat this normally and even laugh at it, they say, the main thing is to have time to remove the device until you come from the office and see it.

In general, it’s normal for you to break the rules. You’ll even get high when they say “haha, look how cool I am - I deceived the state and paid less than necessary.”

In the West, this is not accepted: rules are rules, and they must be respected.

Perhaps these are echoes of the USSR, but everywhere you are equated with each other, they say, be like everyone else. At school, if you stand out, teachers quench you: where are you in a hurry, be like everyone else!

You need to dress like everyone else, why stand out so that they envy you?

Geniuses are not allowed to develop, they offer something, invent, and they have zero attention: "nobody needs it." But America needs it - and we take away the geniuses.

Many of your gifted children, together with their parents, are leaving for us, to America, because we encourage such geniuses and in every way we want them to help improve our state, and provide them with opportunities for this.

The main reason why Russians live so poor is their terrible patience. And if someone starts to go on strike and says that he doesn’t want to live like that, nobody really supports him, and the police quickly pick up the rebel, because the system does not need him.

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It is interesting that many discuss how poorly they live in the country, sitting in their kitchen, and when it comes to business, they do not express their position in any way.

As one Russian acquaintance told me: “As if we are all standing on the neck in a der * der, and if someone rebels, he starts to slow it all down, and everyone says to him:“ Quietly - do not rock the boat, do not drive the wave! ”

Original column published on the blog. "Russian in America" ​​on Yandex.Zen

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