If you invited a man, he’ll pay for himself, and there's a good chance he'll pay for you as well without telling you about it. We were grown up in the world, where everybody is equal and where the friendship of nations is an important part of our agenda.

• Men should be strong and assertive and women should be smart and beautiful. If you notice one of us staring occasionally at a black person, it's just because we are curious -- there's not many black people in Russia...

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By the way, if you drink with us, you'll have to drink as much as we do, or we will be offended. We think that a sudden change from communism to capitalism has something to do with it, but this topic deserves a more thorough exploration.

The only smart explanation that can be proposed here is that some of us jumped too deep into capitalist world, while some stayed too far behind. It's not because we're bad - we just like everything extraordinary.

But too often we don't express this feeling enough, so when it comes out, it's like a volcanoe.

There are certain peculiarities that only Russians have and it's useful to know them.

Otherwise you risk losing friends, getting shot, or having an argument.

Below we tried to list some common traits of the Russian character and list some things that Russians love and hate.

If you are lucky enough to meet a person whose character incorporates all of the items from the list below, we can assure you that this person possesses the pure Russian spirit and should be treated with high respect.

If you decide to become a Russian, you can use the list below as guidelines. It’s an honor for our drivers to move on the red light or to bother other drivers and scorn pedestrians. It's either utopia or bare knuckles, raw materials or highly sophisticated systems.

Those who gave themselves up to the middle class dreams are the lost generation. Do not try to reason with us, because it will not work. Our space missions are baptised by Russian Orthodox Church and even though we are very good in maths, we are certain that to do the impossible you need to believe in it, even if against all the odds...

We can give you the last piece of bread we have if we believe you really need it. • We are a volatile mix – Western conscious and Asian sunconscious – you see, for hundreds of years Russia has been mixed, populations have been moved thousands of kilometers around, so we influenced each other to the extent that it does not even make sense.

Still, in all that mess we find a unique sense of aesthetics, which is unified by our stregth, heritage and belief in the supernatural powers of Cosmos.• If you invited a girl or a woman somewhere be prepared to pay for her everywhere.