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Desert with dolls

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A dark desert, a huge space, divided into dark streets, in the midst of which come across boutiques selling matryoshkas, portraits with Putin and vodka - this is what some Western journalists see in Russia today. Among well-known clichés, with the help of which Western correspondents “populate” their articles, also Comrade often meets. Stalin, the novel “War and Peace”, total prostitution, dumplings, gopniks and nuclear weapon.




Jim Kovpak in the British newspaper «The Guardian» He criticized his colleagues from the media, who constantly use various kinds of clichés in articles about Russia. In the article "Stalin, vodka and nuclear weapons: how not to write about Russia," he summarized four common patterns, because of the constant "use" of which the authors of materials about Russia look silly.

According to Mr. Kovpak (American), he himself began writing about Russia ten years ago. He tried to debunk some stereotypes (both positive and negative) that flash in the Western media when it comes to Russians and their country. The journalist was literally “annoyed” by some cliches repeated from article to article. Today, many of these clichés still exist. Moreover, they added new ones.

Cliche number one: Russia is very different from the West.

Yes, different, and so what? How much can this be surprised? What makes Russia different, not like the countries of the West, must be sought in the distant past, the years of the seventies of the last century. After all, under Soviet rule, the country developed with an absolutely different system. That system had a significant cultural impact not only on Russia, but also on many Soviet republics and (to a lesser extent) on some countries in Eastern Europe, the journalist points out.

The “extension” of this cliché is the statement about “extreme Russia”. What is behind this? The author believes that this is a cliche in the course of those people who would like to depict themselves by some cool guys who have passed through fire, water and copper pipes in Russia. Let Western readers, heroes, admire them.

Cliche number two: everything is like in Tolstoy’s novel War and Peace.

This is why? So that the reader will understand that a journalist has bothered to read an old Russian novel? All right, we believe. But what a monstrous idea: to compare "the Moscow metro at rush hour and the battle of Austerlitz"? ..

Yes, the Russians are proud of their classic literature. Knowledge of this literature will certainly help a journalist to make new friends among Russian. However, it is worth remembering, says Kovpak, that history better left to historians, not novelists. In addition, Americans are unlikely to approve if foreign writers begin to squeeze Mark Twain or Ernest Hemingway into each of their articles. The British will not be happy if every article about the UK contains full references to the works of Shakespeare or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Third cliche: prostitution is flourishing in Russia.

Yes, prostitution or sexual slavery is a big problem in Russia, but not exclusive. Many other countries face the same exact problems. But here's the thing: when it comes to Russia, Western journalists seem to be fixated on the relevant issue.

After the ruble collapsed in 2014, Apple temporarily suspended its sales in Russia in order to revise prices. Some luxury car manufacturers have done the same. But for many media, the main Russian topic was suddenly a message about price increases by sex workers in Murmansk, who allegedly decided to keep up with inflation. And the source of this message was doubtful.

And another cliche, consisting of a set of characters: Stalin, vodka, nuclear weapons, Putin, and others.

"Stalin, vodka, gopniks, pelmeni, matryoshka, the journalist writes. That is, Stalin, vodka, gopnik, dumplings, matryoshka, nuclear weapons or Putin are mentioned - and this article is not about the president. Some authors really like to pepper their writings with random Russian words.

Imagine if the Russians, in their articles on England, would constantly mention William the Conqueror, frankfurters, Buckingham Palace, Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes and other characters?

Undoubtedly, it would cause irritation. So, exactly the same irritation is experienced by Russians when foreign correspondents talk about matryoshkas, vodka and “War and Peace”.

This problem exists, and very often the reason for such nonsense is in the cultural and ideological clichés that Western journalists have ingrained in the brain, said Andrei Bystritsky, dean of the faculty of communications, media and design at HSE. "Journalistic ignorance is generally the most important problem of our time," he said in an interview Reedus.

Many journalists writing about Russia more or less overlook the changes that have occurred in the country. They even use non-existent concepts (for example, “the leader of the Red Army”) or, showing a queue for an exhibition at the Manezh, call it a queue at the labor exchange. One television company even showed a report on the “riots in Moscow”, accompanying it with a video sequence with burning tires ... under palm trees. For a Westerner, Russia is a third world country like Mozambique.

“It makes no sense to guess why a particular editor confused Africa and Russia. But the confusion in the minds of Western journalists is a medical fact, ”Bystritsky said ironically.

* * *


Many stereotypes, by the way, are used in their practice by high-ranking Western politicians. Here are two of the most common clichés: Putin is going to “revive the USSR” and the “Russian threat”, against which NATO’s “defense alliance” stands bravely.

Domestic stereotypes ate Western politicians in the subcortex so deeply that they can be picked out from there only with the help of trepanation of the skull.

Recently, in December last year, US Secretary of State John Kerry, who flew to Moscow, went to free time - where would you think? That's right, on the Arbat. As a gift to relatives and friends, he bought first of all that very matryoshka. These matryoshka on the Arbat were sold in Soviet times, sold now.

Interestingly, some stereotypes and their variations (about bears with balalaikas, Putin riding a bear, the constant use of vodka in large quantities, etc.) are supported by the Russians themselves. Of course, this is done as a joke, but the Americans or the British often do not understand this: sometimes it is beyond the power of the translator to convey humor at the everyday level, let alone ordinary citizens.

In itself, the use of stereotypes in the texts or the cultural attention of politicians to them (such as the purchase of the dolls D. Kerry) may not have a bad color. However, when the media consciously begin to turn Russia into a country of walking drunken bears and deserted streets, it already looks different and is called hostile propaganda. And hardly Comrade Kovpak will have the strength to defeat this car.

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  1. Vladimirets
    Vladimirets 20 May 2016 06: 32
    +33
    "" Russian threat ""

    The Russian threat is no longer a cliche, it is our brand. smile
    1. Taygerus
      Taygerus 20 May 2016 06: 42
      +14
      Moreover, this brand is the most popular in the world. laughing
      1. smel
        smel 20 May 2016 07: 26
        +24
        Fuck them ... We need to pay less attention to their impressions and assessments. More - for your interests, your life, your plans. Always keep the baton close at hand in order to kick in the head especially zealous, striving to "improve" everything with us and adjust to their own way. In general, to live with pleasure and under protection. There are, of course, problems. But they, - problems, have always been in our history. And more complex ones. Nothing, then we managed, and now we will exhale.
        1. Riv
          Riv 20 May 2016 07: 51
          +31
          - Is it true that in Russia, bears walk on roads?
          - They lie. We have no roads.

          It’s funny for us, but they take it seriously.
          1. dauria
            dauria 20 May 2016 10: 41
            +2
            "Journalistic ignorance in general is the most important problem of our time"
            wink

            Only modern times? "The waves rolled over the pier and fell down with a swift jack ..." Well, you made the "Captain's bridge" happy! "

            And what, none of the specialists had occasion to laugh while reading the "essays" in "Krasnaya Zvezda"? laughing Then you are not too attentive ... Why go far, sometimes we have such "engineering" bloopers at VO, even if you bear the saints.
          2. reservist
            reservist 20 May 2016 12: 29
            +14
            Quote: Riv
            - They lie. We have no roads.

            But how then do our trolleybuses go?
      2. vorobey
        vorobey 20 May 2016 10: 27
        +2
        Quote: Taygerus
        Moreover, this brand is the most popular in the world. laughing


        so let’s drink for this friend !!!!! laughing
    2. gladcu2
      gladcu2 20 May 2016 15: 24
      +3
      Vladimirets

      What do you decide yourself to be your favorite "toys"?
      What "military threat"?

      Yesterday I spoke with an ordinary American, educated. The guy has no idea about any threat at all. Yes, he laughs at "communism". I asked him if he understood what communism was. The answer surprised me. He said that the role of the state in the lives of citizens is central.

      I am 100% sure that maybe a few percent of Russians could give such an exhaustive answer.

      And not a word about the threat.
    3. juneart
      juneart 20 May 2016 20: 44
      +5
      Russian family in the representation of civilized citizens:
      - Honey, I'm home!
      - Why so late?
      - On the way, the bear sprained his leg - I had to unsolder with vodka.
      - Sit down all! Let's drink vodka!
      - Mom, will I go play with the bear?
      - Well, just drink vodka first!
      - Where is our grandfather?
      - He is in the second week in line for coupons for coupons.
      - It's good that he put on his boots and drank vodka before that. And you don’t sit idle - go drink vodka too.
      - Ok, go take a walk, son, and do not forget to write in the evening a report to the KGB! And on the way home, do not forget to buy vodka - it ends.
      - Honey, something hot. Turn off the nuclear reactor, please.
      - Now I’ll finish the vodka - and turn it off, but for now, play the balalaika.
    4. Magnet 2007
      Magnet 2007 20 May 2016 22: 08
      +1
      They will never forgive us for being the largest white race in the world.
    5. Vasek Trubachev
      Vasek Trubachev 21 May 2016 10: 26
      0
      To establish the supply of frozen semi-finished dumplings to the West, let them also eat, do not choke.
  2. Leto
    Leto 20 May 2016 06: 39
    +19
    However, when the media consciously begins to turn Russia into a country of walking drunken bears and deserted streets, it looks different and is called hostile propaganda

    All the media abuse this, if you read the domestic ones, let's say the united Europe is continuous homosexual in the sea of ​​emigrants. If you ask an ordinary Russian from the provinces what associations he has with Great Britain, then he will have Abramovich with Chelsea, the same Sherlock Holmes in the image of Livanov, the Queen, the Tower and possibly "Mary her mother Popins". Well, undoubtedly, a hypothetical Englishwoman who always shits and wants the death of Russia.
    1. raf
      raf 20 May 2016 06: 47
      +12
      Quote: Leto
      However, when the media consciously begins to turn Russia into a country of walking drunken bears and deserted streets, it looks different and is called hostile propaganda

      All the media abuse this, if you read the domestic ones, let's say the united Europe is continuous homosexual in the sea of ​​emigrants. If you ask an ordinary Russian from the provinces what associations he has with Great Britain, then he will have Abramovich with Chelsea, the same Sherlock Holmes in the image of Livanov, the Queen, the Tower and possibly "Mary her mother Popins". Well, undoubtedly, a hypothetical Englishwoman who always shits and wants the death of Russia.

      You are certainly right, but there is no progress! In the Middle Ages, people thought that people with dog heads live in other countries! fellow
      1. dauria
        dauria 20 May 2016 11: 02
        +2
        In the Middle Ages, people thought that people with dog heads live in other countries!
        laughing

        Pleased ...

        Calls Antires
        And such isho cut:
        How do you women go there -
        In trousers or without?
      2. Lieutenant Izhe
        Lieutenant Izhe 21 May 2016 12: 07
        +1
        and not ONLY "with the dogs" ...
        (So ​​there was a reason to think so!))
    2. Andrey Yuryevich
      Andrey Yuryevich 20 May 2016 06: 48
      +12
      Quote: Leto
      All media are abusing this,

      absolutely ... the British are eating oatmeal (sir), the Germans are eating pork sausages washed down with beer, the Czechs are stupidly whipping beer, the Dutch are smoking and sniffing tulips, driving the bike through the Red Light District and urinating on the go into the canals! and so on ... everyone has stereotypes about everyone.
      1. Riv
        Riv 20 May 2016 21: 33
        0
        And what is wrong with the Dutch?
        1. Anglorussian
          Anglorussian 21 May 2016 00: 40
          0
          The Dutch themselves practically do not smoke grass - it's like a tourist attraction now. Pretty much they themselves annoyed attraction, now they do not issue licenses for the opening of coffee houses.
    3. BARKAS
      BARKAS 20 May 2016 07: 02
      +5
      Quote: Leto
      If you ask an ordinary Russian from the hinterland what kind of associations he has with Great Britain, then he will have Abramovich with Chelsea, the same Sherlock Holmes in the image of Livanov,

      Recently our series was shot "Londongrad" which was successfully shown on one of the central channels there is nothing like that! By comparison, their films about us are much more odious.
      1. Bashibuzuk
        Bashibuzuk 20 May 2016 09: 46
        +7
        All the media .... everything ...
        And this is not another stereotype, huh? What all?
        The mass of OUR print media is drowning in the paroxysm of passion in the Western world, spitting on Russia in such a way that foreigners have never dreamed of.
        And not some dumplings nesting dolls there, but with a full evidence base, quite up to date.
        Is that a cliche?
        Themselves here are constantly spat on the Echo of Moscow, Rain and the rest of the company
        Is that cliche too? Or do EchoMoskva hang pink snot on our eyes?
        ...
        The media distort, it’s true. They cannot live without it. Facts should be fried.
        This is Mark Twain showed in his works.
        The only question is the number of distortions. In the percentage of silence and protrusion.
        ...
        So in my opinion, of course, I did not conduct any research - nevertheless, the degree of objectivity is higher than ours official the press.
        She does not rush into cheap distortions, does not begin to drive the blizzard. What affects the officialdom of the West.
        Rather, he will remain silent, to the last, until he becomes silent.
        No cracking, no cracking.
        What an excess of tama.
        ...
        A daughter lives in Germany. Married. The husband is a true ... German. He reads exactly what is supposed to be true .... German.
        Then they tell me.
        And such nonsense there .... honestly I’ll tell you ... mother do not grieve.
        It may be true that Putin is the richest man in the world.
        I even know for sure that it’s true.
        But, firstly, it makes me neither hot nor cold.
        And, secondly, it is so cracked that it makes hunting puke.
        ...
        Such is my evidence.
        My name is Bashibuzuk, Aigor Bashibuzuk.
        Hee hee
        1. gladcu2
          gladcu2 20 May 2016 16: 08
          +1
          Bashibuzuk

          I absolutely agree with you. The Russian press writes more about bad Russia than the foreign one. You start to read, you want to be strangled by hopelessness.
          Or truth or fiction.
    4. tolyasik0577
      tolyasik0577 20 May 2016 10: 08
      +12
      If you ask an ordinary Russian from the hinterland what kind of association does he have with Great Britain .....
      You are talking nonsense. I don’t know what they say about Russia in Britain, in our village Britain is not only the queen, U2 and homosexuals. Thank God we read books, we watch classics, and we communicate with smart people. Now is not the 19th century, the peasant graduated from at least 8 classes.
      1. Bashibuzuk
        Bashibuzuk 20 May 2016 10: 20
        +2
        Good remark, Anatoly.
        Correct.
        She immediately reminded me of the Diamond Arm - .. I don’t know how it was in England, I wasn’t. But with us - the friend of man is a manager!
        ...
        Or turn off the gas!
        wassat
    5. Anglorussian
      Anglorussian 21 May 2016 00: 26
      0
      The British for the most part support the reunification of Crimea (those who know where this Crimea is).
      hypothetical Englishwoman that forever shits
      1. Oprychnik
        Oprychnik 21 May 2016 06: 47
        0
        Well, for that matter, we have stereotypes too. Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, many pubs, Charles Dickens, "the Englishwoman crap."))) Again, our answer to Lord Curzon (or Churchill, you need to substitute).
  3. Taygerus
    Taygerus 20 May 2016 06: 41
    +1
    Moreover, this brand is the most popular in the world. laughing
  4. kugelblitz
    kugelblitz 20 May 2016 06: 45
    +6
    And when was it that the West did not post frank cranberries? They will at least find the tsarist regime, at least socialist, even liberal, and we will be barbarians for them.

    I personally do not understand that so some try to like them? IMHO, be yourself and they will begin to respect you, and behind the back let him at least crow. [gopnik] Occasionally a nightmare for a very rotten bazaar! [/ gopnik]
  5. Alexander 3
    Alexander 3 20 May 2016 06: 48
    +2
    The truth cannot be hidden. After all, we have visited a lot, there is something to compare.
    1. Bayonet
      Bayonet 20 May 2016 07: 14
      +3
      Quote: Alexander 3
      The truth cannot be hidden. After all, we have visited a lot, there is something to compare.

      This is about them, but does not remind anything? wink
    2. BARKAS
      BARKAS 20 May 2016 11: 19
      0
      And you take an interest in tourist programs in Russia for foreigners and comments of guides will not be slightly surprised!
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    1. Bayonet
      Bayonet 20 May 2016 07: 36
      +4
      Quote: qwert111
      "Cliché number one: Russia is very different from the West"

      Of course! The West is like that!
  7. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 20 May 2016 06: 54
    +7
    And I like Putin riding a bear! Very symbolic - and consistent with the spirit of the times.
  8. Red_Hamer
    Red_Hamer 20 May 2016 06: 57
    +8
    cliche: Putin is going to “revive the USSR”
    As for me, I do not mind!
    “There is no point in guessing why a particular editor confused Africa and Russia. But the confusion in the minds of Western journalists is a medical fact. ”
    What can you say here? A sympathetic quote only from "Brother 2" - Are you sick?
  9. Thunderbolt
    Thunderbolt 20 May 2016 07: 03
    +8
    These nesting dolls on Arbat were sold in Soviet times, are sold now
    A little off topic, BUT ... I read that street musicians and merchants of souvenirs and art on the Arbat began to drive away. And at the request of nearby citizens they want to eliminate the "Tsoi wall". In my opinion, this is no good. Then they will definitely stay there. only large souvenir shops and restaurants with price tags for foreign tourists, and the city. there is nothing to read, the cultural layer will be washed away.
    P.S. And I don't give a damn about Western stereotypes that they think of us with their non-Russian minds. And fighting for their hearts and minds is in vain. Rarely, but still sometimes you have to contact with simple Europeans. Full mutual understanding at the human level and mutual sympathy. This is theirs. politicians make us savages, and of them obedient zombies, so that there are no questions when it is necessary to blow the drum and pull the trigger. It is better to direct this force and energy so that it becomes more comfortable and kind to live HERE WITH US. For example, I am not at all interested " Eurovision "and did not root for our singer. I don't give a damn about this very natural homosexual get-together, and even if we took first place, I would, on the contrary, be upset. However, I see how the" first channels "and other media warmed up interest, such as honor powers, the hearts of Europeans. On the contrary, it is worth initiating a number of criminal cases under the article "propaganda of homosexuality."
    And to be completely honest, I also have strong stereotypes and attitudes about foreigners. For example, I will never think well of NATO. But this is GOOD for me smile .
    1. Bayonet
      Bayonet 20 May 2016 07: 20
      +3
      Quote: Thunderbolt
      And to be completely honest, I also have stable stereotypes and attitudes about foreigners

      Well, naturally ... smile
      1. Thunderbolt
        Thunderbolt 20 May 2016 07: 37
        +4
        Well, the caricature is true and not lost its relevance! good Only now we are also "kind of" bourgeois request But the hand does not flinch to land the presumptuous Pentagon hawks am , and the leg also does not flinch! laughing
  10. 33 Watcher
    33 Watcher 20 May 2016 07: 10
    +6
    And what pisses me off the most is this: "Russia is very different from the West."
    Yes, different. And China is different from Russia, and even more from the West. So what? Yemen is different from Australia ... And Peru from Japan. So what?
    I understand, I can’t, should all be the same? Is that their goal?
    What the hell, anyway? request That’s how much you need to have a weak development, to be surprised at how primitive their concepts of the world in general? And this despite the fact that their citizens have the opportunity to travel.
    With this article, the author only reinforces the stereotype that the West has hamburgers and mashed sausages instead of brains.
    1. Bayonet
      Bayonet 20 May 2016 07: 33
      -9
      Quote: Observer 33
      I understand, I can’t, should all be the same? Is that their goal?

      And where did you get this from? Did someone say it or did they come up with it themselves? The ideologists of the World Revolution wanted to make everyone the same. smile
      1. 33 Watcher
        33 Watcher 20 May 2016 07: 55
        +5
        Well, and how long have these ideologists stood on this? More precisely, how soon did they abandon their Wishlist?
        Or are you from the West? One poster is enough to form a position on all historical, cultural, political aspects for a century?
        It seems yes, from the West. yes Well, or homegrown, just sausages with mashed potatoes imported ... laughing

        PS By the way, communist ideology also came to us from the West, but this is so, an addition, they do not oblige anyone to anything ...
        1. Bayonet
          Bayonet 20 May 2016 08: 09
          +1
          Quote: Observer 33
          Or are you from the West?

          Ha ha! Something reminded laughing
        2. Bayonet
          Bayonet 20 May 2016 08: 52
          +1
          Quote: Observer 33
          It seems yes, from the West. Well, or homegrown, just sausages with mashed potatoes imported ...

          Do you eat tops with bacon? wink
        3. Bayonet
          Bayonet 20 May 2016 09: 05
          0
          Quote: Observer 33
          One poster is enough to form a position on all historical, cultural, political aspects for a century?

          Sometimes one article is enough for an explosion of emotions - "And I am most enraged by this:" Russia is very different from the West. "
          How easy we are to start ... wink
          1. 33 Watcher
            33 Watcher 20 May 2016 10: 13
            0
            Quote: Bayonet
            Quote: Observer 33
            I understand, I can’t, should all be the same? Is that their goal?

            And where did you get this from? Did someone say it or did they come up with it themselves? The ideologists of the World Revolution wanted to make everyone the same. smile

            Do you recognize?
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            2. Bayonet
              Bayonet 20 May 2016 14: 20
              0
              Quote: Observer 33

              Do you recognize?

              Of course! I like something like a light bulb articles designed for gullible people. The main message is hate speech! Thank God I traveled here and there, looked at how and how people live.
              1. 33 Watcher
                33 Watcher 20 May 2016 17: 20
                +1
                Quote: Bayonet
                I like a light bulb like articles

                Why then did they write down the entire branch?
                1. Bayonet
                  Bayonet 20 May 2016 19: 04
                  +1
                  Quote: Observer 33
                  Why then did they write down the entire branch?

                  Interesting reaction of commentators. I generally wonder how easy it is to manipulate the masses.hi
      2. reservist
        reservist 20 May 2016 12: 47
        0
        Quote: Bayonet
        The ideologists of the World Revolution wanted to make everyone the same.

        and Marx and Engels from which country come from?
        1. Bayonet
          Bayonet 20 May 2016 13: 59
          0
          Quote: reservist
          and Marx and Engels from which country come from?

          Not from America! laughing
        2. Bayonet
          Bayonet 20 May 2016 14: 26
          0
          Quote: reservist
          and Marx and Engels from which country come from?

          Karl Marx - Birthplace: Trier, Prussia.
          Friedrich Engels - place of birth: Barman, Prussia (now Wuppertal, Germany).
          hi
  11. surrozh
    surrozh 20 May 2016 07: 12
    +6
    We have always been poured over with slops and will be poured over, starting with Ivan the Terrible. How else they presented a sword for Stalingrad, amazing! A new cliche from Ukraine - reindeer, glass, hedgehog - is also hammered into the young heads of neighbors. Some people believe.
  12. Volga Cossack
    Volga Cossack 20 May 2016 07: 14
    +1
    The stereotypes are tenacious ............ and let the Red or Russian Threat really become a brand! Better let them be afraid, respect and the West is not able to equal!
  13. would
    would 20 May 2016 07: 31
    +4
    Such stereotypes, alas, are extremely tenacious and can be found, among other things, at the level of “Everyone is fat in America,” “Everyone is for Obama and against Russia,” and so on. There is nothing unusual in this, and it has been so throughout the entire history of mankind and it will probably still be for a very, very long time while different territories differ from each other and cannot exchange information as fully as possible.

    Speaking of prostitution: In Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Latvia, the Netherlands and several other completely European states, prostitution is generally legal. It is illegal in the USA, but it is absolutely legal there to make films of known content. As they joked in one American animated series, "She does not just have sex for money, she has sex for money on camera. And this is already legal." But for some reason they are surprised at Russian prostitution, which, in comparison with the listed countries, is even hiding.
    1. Bayonet
      Bayonet 20 May 2016 07: 49
      +8
      Quote: rait
      Such stereotypes, alas, are extremely tenacious and are found including ours
  14. Knizhnik
    Knizhnik 20 May 2016 07: 34
    +7
    But confusion in the minds of Western journalists is a medical fact


    Holy simplicity ... it's not confusion, it's called evil intent
  15. iury.vorgul
    iury.vorgul 20 May 2016 07: 41
    +3
    An American to a Russian: "And you have bears on the roads in Russia."
    The Russian replied: "This is a lie. We have no roads."
  16. X Y Z
    X Y Z 20 May 2016 07: 51
    0
    Such clichés characterize not only Western misunderstanding of life in Russia, but also serve as a sure means for making money and knocking out funds by military and other departments. And therefore, the question here is not only in clarification and education, but in understanding the commercial aspect of Russophobic stamps. As long as the political situation in the world makes this materially beneficial, these cliches will exist and clone so that you do not speak and write.
  17. realist
    realist 20 May 2016 08: 06
    +1
    do not dramatize the negative presentation of the Western media, because this is their state policy. We need to live our own lives, our interests, without looking at them! if only developing international tourism we can give a correct picture of ourselves, our culture through those who will come here! and the fact that we are different from the West is good, we are against the promotion of homosexuality and the destruction of the foundations of a traditional marriage — I see nothing wrong with that. on the emblems of our nobles a man defeats the dinosaurs, cuts off the head of a snake and on their emblems, on the contrary, the man is defeated .....
  18. lao_tsy
    lao_tsy 20 May 2016 08: 17
    +3
    Let them say what they want! And us - RAT!
    I'll go pouring my vodka bear into the drinking bowl and singing the USSR anthem to my matryoshka balalaika.
  19. Kenneth
    Kenneth 20 May 2016 08: 21
    0
    Now it’s interesting to read an article about our stereotypes about tolera-fag, driven by Zionists and dreaming of capturing Russia in the West :)
    1. Bayonet
      Bayonet 21 May 2016 19: 52
      0
      Quote: Kenneth
      Now it’s interesting to read an article about our stereotypes about tolera-fag, driven by Zionists and dreaming of capturing Russia in the West :)

      fool fool fool fool fool negative
  20. Pashhenko Nikolay
    Pashhenko Nikolay 20 May 2016 08: 55
    +1
    So it’s so, but we ourselves filmed "Leviathan", where they drink vodka from two hands at every second minute, they also sent it to the festival. Look what we are like.
    1. Bayonet
      Bayonet 20 May 2016 09: 22
      -5
      Quote: Pashhenko Nikolay
      See supposedly what we are.

      Slander! We are not like that! am
      1. 33 Watcher
        33 Watcher 20 May 2016 10: 19
        +2
        And what are you trying to prove? What is right in the west? What are you drunk in earflaps with a star?
        I've had to be in London (on a tourist trip), and I did not see so many drunk, justifiable people lying on the street in the evenings, in Russia, anywhere. So what?
        1. Bayonet
          Bayonet 20 May 2016 14: 05
          +1
          Quote: Observer 33
          And what are you trying to prove?

          Nothing! It is here trying to prove that the whole world is shit, and we are the cleanest. Well, if someone will sleep better from this - to your health! hi
          1. 33 Watcher
            33 Watcher 20 May 2016 17: 24
            +1
            I didn’t say that (about shit). I said that it annoys me when they accuse me of inferiority, inferiority because of what I think is different from the collective West. Due to the fact that I do not want to be a European. But I really do not want to be one. And I want them to stop constantly saying to me that this is not right.
            And you got stuck to me either out of a desire to make smart people, or because of a bad character.
            1. Bayonet
              Bayonet 21 May 2016 19: 28
              0
              Quote: Observer 33
              Have you become attached to me or out of a desire to make smarts,

              Sorry, I will not cling to you anymore. Peace be with you and your home. smile hi
      2. Oleg Monarchist
        Oleg Monarchist 20 May 2016 15: 00
        +5
        But in America or the Euro-soviet this is not? laughing




        Lithuanian "gladiators"



        British "ladies" laughing

        1. Bayonet
          Bayonet 21 May 2016 20: 01
          -1
          Quote: Oleg Monarchist
          But in America or the Euro-soviet this is not?

          Quote: Oleg Monarchist
          Lithuanian "gladiators"

          Quote: Oleg Monarchist
          British "ladies"

          So we will compete - whose shit is cooler? laughing
          1. Oleg Monarchist
            Oleg Monarchist 23 May 2016 13: 10
            0
            What does "competition" have to do with it. The point is that they do not notice their shit at close range and consider myself exceptional teetotalers and the most highly spiritual.
  21. Igor Polovodov
    Igor Polovodov 20 May 2016 09: 06
    +1
    Throw them a new image, so to speak, to break the template:
    "HYPERSONIC MATRYOSHKA" (C) Let them scratch their turnips ...
  22. Volzhanin
    Volzhanin 20 May 2016 09: 40
    0
    Once again, you can see how much the Westerners, led by gamerica, are miserable, stupid and insignificant.
  23. Chulman
    Chulman 20 May 2016 09: 54
    0
    Quote: Vladimirets
    "" Russian threat ""

    The Russian threat is no longer a cliche, it is our brand. smile

    laughing laughing laughing
  24. dropout
    dropout 20 May 2016 10: 02
    +3
    Isn’t you the only one hell of a fuck that grandmothers sitting on a bench at the entrance say, looking at your back?
  25. Monster_Fat
    Monster_Fat 20 May 2016 10: 13
    +4
    The message of Jim Kovpak's article is not to start telling the "truth" about Russia, but to use the "half-truth" on the front of the ideological war with Russia. In his article in The Guardian, he complains that the "outdated" propaganda clichés "about Russia no longer work and only irritate the Western average person with their media, which have not changed their rhetoric since the Cold War, especially since more and more people from the "West" visit Russia, some on business, others on tour. The author calls for the use of "modern", close to reality "views" of Russia and the situation in it in order to increase the impact of Western propaganda on the residents of the European Union. That's all.
  26. Alexey RA
    Alexey RA 20 May 2016 10: 43
    +2
    "Stalin, vodka, gopniks, pelmeni, matryoshka, nuclear weapons or Putin - in an article that is not about the president"

    Hiihks ... I immediately remembered Snatch:
    Yes, London. You know: fish, chips, cup 'o tea, bad food, worse weather, Mary fucking Poppins ... LONDON.
  27. Vixen
    Vixen 20 May 2016 10: 45
    +12
    To set the mood... smile
    1. AlexSK
      AlexSK 20 May 2016 14: 07
      +5
      The main thing is not to show the authors of such articles!
  28. atamankko
    atamankko 20 May 2016 11: 12
    +2
    Zadornov correctly assessed their mental abilities,
    obviously the Unified State Examination appeared in them much earlier than ours.
  29. pavelty
    pavelty 20 May 2016 12: 14
    +2
    I was asked on a business trip in Asia whether I play well on balalaika))
  30. 1536
    1536 20 May 2016 12: 34
    +6
    For example, I sincerely believe that Spider-Man runs through the streets of New York, and in London there is still a gangster network led by Professor Moriarty.
    So even.
  31. avg-mgn
    avg-mgn 20 May 2016 13: 14
    0
    Quote: Vladimirets
    "" Russian threat ""

    The Russian threat is no longer a cliche, it is our brand. smile

    Right but they brand nameand (English) are more afraid thanstorms (rus).
  32. 96423lom
    96423lom 20 May 2016 13: 37
    +1
    They need people to think of Russia as a terrible country. And then you can bomb "terrible" Russians or save "poor" Russians living in a terrible country, and they also save with bombs.
  33. salavat
    salavat 20 May 2016 13: 46
    +7
    This is all a lie! I was directly nervous about these stereotypes. I’ll go, calm down, watch the CPSU Congress and drink vodka. As luck would have it, there’s no one to talk to, the daughter is cleaning her AK-47, her son is at work in his KGB, grandfather is standing in line for coupons for coupons, and grandmother is sitting in the Gulag. Chet is hot, I’ll go turn off the reactor and perhaps go to church.
    1. Alexey RA
      Alexey RA 20 May 2016 18: 10
      +2
      How is there no one to talk to? And a bear for what?
  34. engineer
    engineer 20 May 2016 17: 31
    0
    Hands off a drunk bear with a balalaika. This is our everything. Without this, it’s not Russia, but some kind of Moscow. And we will cut Komarinsky’s entire Ivanovo, in spite of the geyrop.
  35. St_tov
    St_tov 20 May 2016 17: 46
    -1
    . In the Guardian, too, there was obviously nothing to occupy the lane. Articles about the Russian Federation in the Western media are divided (by authorship) into three categories - written by citizens of the Russian Federation by order of (outside, full-time correspondents), former citizens of the Russian Federation, and Westerners themselves. No special cranberries. There are many value judgments. But nowhere are there calls for a final solution of the Russian question, unlike plans to create a channel named after I.V. Stalin between Canada and Mexico. The Russian Federation generally takes 2-3% of the newspaper space (airtime) in the local media. It is commonplace for a Westerner to not listen to anything about a country that does not produce anything that can be bought at a nearby supermarket. Those. sports, war games, GDP accounts and all. There is nothing more to interest. Matryoshka dolls and so on. Exotic clicks are bought on websites, and are cheaper and better. Moreover, the Soviet symbols are driven by Poland and the Baltic states. It is impossible to buy a Zlatoust knife from the manufacturer’s website - they don’t trade with ami. Regarding prostitution - in the West this is a popular question, which is often sucked up. By the way, they can be soloist for sneakiness both 17 and 25 years (this is without any violence against employees). In general, if we compare the level of articles there about the Russian Federation vs articles about the West in the Russian Federation, we can say that they are the same. With one difference - practically no one reads about the Russian Federation, the ruble exchange rate is not remembered, and vice versa.
  36. Polar Bear
    Polar Bear 20 May 2016 21: 51
    +2
    Why be surprised, actually? ..
    Take, as an example, our domestic films nominated for an Oscar (in all seriousness)
    The same "Bitter!"
    Vodka, debauchery, gopniks, again debauchery, and again vodka ... It is not surprising that foreigners consider our country not the best after such "masterpieces".

    And unlike Russian jokes, after such Russian films I want to cry ...
  37. tracer
    tracer 21 May 2016 13: 17
    +2
    Only one thing will save. You can’t even imagine how the Americans are ... all the stereotypes that we are discussing. It is so important for us to get off our heads. In their eyes, we are nothing more than a kind of Gabon with missiles and Putin. Yesterday in Los Angeles he explained to one tovarisch about Putin (he asked for it himself). I say, look, dude, Putin does everything for the Russians, and is not afraid of anyone, but if your president did everything for the Americans, would it be a good president? The answer was programmed by the question itself. And despite all the "stereotypes, he agreed with irrefutable arguments. And now I look at the New Yorkers" wow, people are like people, that's just capitalism spoiled them. "
  38. Warbird # 4
    Warbird # 4 21 May 2016 19: 56
    0
    Quote: Vladimirets
    "" Russian threat ""

    The Russian threat is no longer a cliche, it is our brand. smile

    Our brand is "POLITITY"
  39. esaul1950
    esaul1950 27 May 2016 20: 34
    0
    So what, everything is correct in the article, I myself just returned from a walk with a drunk bear. We drank along with the bears, we drink and we will drink, and no west is a decree for us. But they’ll climb us to teach, we’ll gobble up a liter of vodka with Misha and explain to them what they’re wrong about.