These Photos Show What It’s Really Like To Live In Russia


Russians seem to have their own way of doing things. It looks like some things cannot be explained to those on the outside looking in, so we’ve gathered photos to reveal what the world’s biggest nation is really like.

Miss Russia

Considering the amount of beautiful Russian women, it’s only appropriate that Russia has one of the biggest countrywide beauty pageants in the world. The ‘Miss Russia’ pageant started in 1992 and is now known to discover some of the most beautiful faces to the contest, who then compete for Miss World and even Miss Universe. Some of Russia’s most notable winners were engineers, former police officers, and even economists. Not too shabby!

Miss Russia

Don’t Think You Can Soft-Soap Me!

There is nothing worse than using a public restroom, turning to wash your hands and realizing the soap dispenser is empty. Then again, studies show that using a soap bar could potentially carry more germs than simply washing your hands using nothing but water. The incident in the picture below, however, is even more confusing, as it provides a solid soap bar in a liquid dispenser. We are not sure what the cleaning procedures are like in Russia, but they definitely defy chemical substance rules.

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Don’t Think You Can Soft-Soap Me!

Shocking Pool Party

There seems to be a global consent that that pool parties quickly spiral out of control, and Russia is no different. The country may be characterized by freezing cold temperatures during the winter, but this does not mean the good people of the nation cannot enjoy a fun pool lounge with their friends when the opportunity comes along. They even made sure to place beers and have a bbq in the middle of the pool. Looks like things are about to get elecrtic!

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Shocking Pool Party

Bearly Made It

While countries like England may favor the traditional horseback riding racing which involves a human jockey, it appears that Russia has different rules altogether. It is hard to believe this picture has not been photoshopped. Additionally, animal rights activists might object and claim this is a clear case of animal cruelty. However, we would not be surprised to find out those bears climbed the horses themselves. The adorable horses probably got spooked by the bears on their backs and galloped into the distance.

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Bearly Made It

 

Slippery Slope

Taking your child to the local playground should be a carefree task, but this particular spot is anything but reassuring. The deep dark abyss situated right at the end of the slide suggests there was something gravely disturbing at the bottom of the pit. It’s terrifying to that before this picture was taken, kids were running around this playground without a fear in the world. Maybe this is some sort of a Russian military kindergarten, and the slide is their way of training the infants.

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Slippery Slope

 

Russian Vodka

As you all probably know, Russian people love vodka (and other alcoholic beverages, too). The problem is, this has a high effect on death rates in the country, giving this old tradition a slightly more negative meaning. According to Russia’s national statistics, 23,000 people die annually from alcohol poisoning, not including suicides, homicides and assaults. In case you were wondering, Russia attempted to implement prohibition, but it didn’t really work (as you can imagine).

Russian Vodka

 

Don’t Be So Uptight

In many countries, people are not the biggest fans of law enforcers. They fear their power, authority and ability to put behind bars those who carry out even relatively minor offenses. Clearly, these young girls from Russia do not feel the same way, as they are willingly posing with police hats on their heads. If we saw police officers looking as happy as they do in the photo, we would feel a lot better walking down an alley, that’s for sure.

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Don’t Be So Uptight

Hard Rock Shovel

This is probably what the first ever guitar looked like, since it took the original guitar designers a while to understand which materials should be used in order to get the best sound out of what is probably one of the most common musical instruments in the world. The person responsible for this invention, however, was a young Russian high school student who just recently picked up shop class and could not afford to buy a real guitar. Needless to say, this is very impressive!

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Hard Rock Shovel

Window Of Opportunity

Working all day and all night is very straining, especially for drivers of any sort as they could potentially risk the lives of those onboard. For this reason, in some countries, laws have been constituted to make sure professional drivers get a minimum of eight hours of sleep every 24 hours before embarking on their next journey. Hunger can also play a key role when it comes to distracting the driver, which is why this Russian subway has its very own McDonald’s drive-thru window.

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Window Of Opportunity

Wheaty Decision

Sour bread from leaven dough is especially loved by Russians, and for this reason, it can be found almost everywhere around the country. Russians use beer or kvas base, yeast or a part of old dough as leaven that gives a certain sourness. This poor pigeon clearly is very fond of the nationally favored bread of her country, which is why she pecked her way through the slice and wore it as an accessory around her neck. We just hope it wasn’t to heavy when she spread her wings to fly.

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Wheaty Decision

The Old Man And The Studio Apartment

As poet and historian Henry David Thoreau once said, “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” It seems this saying could not be more accurate for the man in the picture, who clearly got motion sickness from the mere thought of putting his sailing days behind him. Once a captain of the boat, always a captain of the boat, and this old Russian man proves just that.

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The Old Man And The Studio Apartment

Porch Problems

Kicking back at the end of a long day with a drink in one hand and a good book in the other is the ultimate dream for a lot of people. It seems like getting a little bit of peace and quiet is so difficult in modern times, that building a porch outside your house guarantees a sort of sweet escape. This particular porch, however, is quite an odd one, seeing as how it is situated on the side of the building with no door as an entryway.

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Porch Problems

Safety First

When taking any form of public transportation, you are essentially placing your life in the hands of people you do not know. The relationship is based on trust, and you take comfort in the fact an official would never put your and the life of others in jeopardy just to save a few bucks. Horrifyingly, this is far from being the case in this picture. The saying “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” does not apply here, since this train clearly needs fixing – and fast.

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Safety First

Shoe-ld Have Thought This Through

At first glance, this picture looks like David Bowie went a little too wild in one of his concert and brought an overly eager fan on stage for a quick sip of liquid courage. However, a closer look reassures that the singer lookalike is actually just a Russian woman pouring a drink into her good friend’s mouth and using a slipper as a funnel. Both seem to be having a good time, but we would personally prefer to drink directly from the bottle.

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Shoe-ld Have Thought This Through

Traveling On A Budget

The Trans-Siberian Railway is renowned around the world for being the longest railway of all time. It is an extremely useful form of transport for those who need to get to other parts of this large, vast country. However, some people just can’t afford a train ticket. So here is a clear example of what some people do: they hitch-hike. It doesn’t stop there though. If you can’t get a ride in the front seat, people will settle for the trunk.

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Traveling On A Budget

Hell’s Kitchen

In Russia, cooking isn’t just cooking, it is a sport. It is a battle. If you are cooking with someone else, be prepared to defend yourself. Russians will throw ideas for recipes at each other left, right, and center and are prepared to hit each other with pots and pans if they disagree with each other. Do you want some Beef Stroganoff? Well, you’ve got another thing coming! Give me that bottle of Smirnoff. I like to drink while I cook!

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Hell’s Kitchen

 

Life Is A Rollercoaster

When asked to describe the Russian people, most people probably would not use the word “fun” among the first few adjectives, but that would be a mistake. The truth is, while Russians do have a serious side and take some matters quite heavily (like educating their children, work ethic, and patriotism), they also know how to kick back and have a good time. Here is a picture of a kindergarten in Russia that proves just that by having a several story slide attached to the outside of the building.

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Life Is A Rollercoaster

Those Who Ski Together

Weddings are such a joyful occasion – a couple that has found true love decided to declare they intend of spending the rest of their lives together while surrounded by everyone they love. This particular couple, however. did not want to just mention their love for each other – but also celebrate their favorite athletic activity – skiing. For this reason, their attire included both the traditional bridal gown and groom suit, and ski equipment along with a matching scarf, gloves, and beanie.

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Those Who Ski Together

Tanked That Parking

Parking can be a little bit tricky when the road is too narrow, but it seems this particular tank cannot use this excuse as justification for the way it parked. Not only is it taking up a lot of space on the sidewalk, but tanks are not meant to be parked in the middle of the street. However, what seemed to have slipped the minds of whoever placed the boot on the tank is the fact that the tank could very easly run over the boot.

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Tanked That Parking

Holly Haloween

For kids, Haloween is an opportunity to get dressed up as their favorite film or TV character and go door to door yelling out “trick or treat,” but once adolescence kicks in, it seems the once-innocent holiday has taken a quite a permissive turn. While men continue to dress foolishly, women seek out ways to emphasize their curves through creative costumes. The Russian girls in the photo below seem to be doing just that, dressed up as cleaners in heels and reflective safety vests.

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Holly Haloween

Washing Off Responsibility

Igor promised his wife Alexandra that he would build a doghouse for their new pooch, but he never seemed to get around to it. There was always something else to do around the house, such as get rid of their old laundry machine and find a solution for the gap they had in the net surrounding their backyard. Finally, he put two and two together and came up with this incredibly creative solution that ticked every single task on his to-do list.

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Washing Off Responsibility

Nothing Goes To Waste

When you go to Russia, you will learn something very interesting. The people of this beautiful country take their waste, and do something a little different with it: they sunbathe on it. Well, a large part of the year in Russia is pretty dark and chilly, so we can’t imagine this happening so often. However, we happened to catch this young lady on the hottest day of the year and she is in the mood for some traditional Russian sunbathing.

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Nothing Goes To Waste

Wheel You Stop?

The Star Cast band put it best when they sang “It ain’t about what you got, it’s all about what you do with it.” The owners of this GAZ Volga, an automobile brand that originated in the Soviet Union, have had enough of their old, beat up car, so they decided to spice things up by adding another pair of wheels to the car and changing them all to be 4X4 jeep wheels. In Russia, if you can’t upgrade to a new vehicle, you can alter it entirely.

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Wheel You Stop?

Fishy Present

If you are going to present your girlfriend with a necklace, or any piece of jewelry for that matter, it is probably best not to say you fished the accessory right out of the nearby lake. Although the guy did go through the extra effort of tying a string to the fish, this is far from being a diamond ring. We have to say, the girl in the picture does not seem displeased in any way, so perhaps giving out sea creatures as a present is customary in Russia.

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Fishy Present

Blocking Others

If you would’ve had your car stolen several times, you probably would seek out alternative ways to make sure no one could steal it ever again. It is incredibly infuriating to leave your cat at one spot and then come back later to find out that it is missing. If it wasn’t for insurance, people probably would’ve never gotten cars in the first place! The Russian owner of this car probably doesn’t have insurance, however, which is why it placed bricks inside the car – to stop others from stealing it.

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Blocking Others

Education Is For The Brave Hearted

Some schools might require for their students to stand up whenever a teacher enters the room and speak to their educator with the utmost respect. Other schools could also have completely different approaches, such as having the pupils call the teachers by their first name. According to the picture below, Russians have a very different way of punishing their students when they misbehave – they tell them to stand against the wall with their hands behind their backs. Guess detention doesn’t seem that bad now, does it?

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Education Is For The Brave Hearted

Balet Baby

The film Bolshoi Babylon put it best when saying Russia is acknowledged worldwide for two things – the Kalashnikov rifle and the Ballet. The country is remarked as having a physique that suits the esthetic requirements of the classical principles, and their training is unique and exquisite. While their choreography is not so extremely innovative, Russians own classical dances and perform them with athleticism, and passion. The girl in the picture below is seen doing her daily stretches while at school. That’s how committed she is to the job.

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Balet Baby

Mayo-r Lunch Be Tasty

This dish would probably not pass the first screening process of the successful show Master Chef, but believe it or not, this is considered a delicacy in Russia. As a matter of fact, Russian cuisine mostly constitutes of meat or vegetables saturated in mayonnaise and/or sour cream. The specific sandals design made of cheese was made since sandals are very common in the country. In fact, a lot of Russians favor wearing sandals with socks instead of closed shoes.

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Mayo-r Lunch Be Tasty

Russian Helicopter

Most of us aren’t likely to own our own helicopter within our lifetime, and while the future of personalized flying cars is on the way, Russians don’t want to wait that long! Being as resourceful as ever, this Russian suburbanite decided to reverse engineer his own version of a flying helicopter out of an old car and what looks like some spare helicopter parts. Hopefully, it actually works! Either way, this may be the future of personal transport!

Russian Helicopter

Wakeboarding – Russian Style

Russia is a country known for its cold weather and freezing waters. But that doesn’t stop these adventurous young people from enjoying their own version of a Malibu holiday on the beach. Bikinis, horse-riding, and even wakeboarding all in sub-zero temperatures! I suppose when you aren’t able to travel long distances for your holiday or vacation, you have to improvise. So long as you aren’t scared of a little freezing weather, you’ll be fine! Watch and learn Canada!

Wakeboarding – Russian Style

Caged Grannies

We all know how frustrating old people can get from time to time, but most of us have learned to be patient with the elderly. We’re quite sure that’s true in Russia as well, but this farmer seems to have had his fill of these two old ladies. Whether he’s annoyed with them or simply trying to keep them safe, we can’t be sure. But if a picture is worth a thousand words, then I am definitely lost for words here!

Caged Grannies

Police With Style

If you are a woman in Russia, expectations are very different. You might want to join the police force and defend your city against criminals and bring them to justice. However, if you’re going to do it, you’re going to do it in style. All these policewomen need is a dress fit for any catwalk and a baton for self-defense. This means that other women can feel safe while they stroll their babies up and down the promenade.

Police With Style

Cleaning Ritual

We can’t believe that this photo was taken in Russia. In this part of the country, apparently, girls have a unique cleaning ritual that just doesn’t make any sense. They take cans of Jaguar, travel to the nearest lake and pour the energy drink over themselves. Only then do they jump into the lake and clean themselves, washing away the sins they have committed over the previous year. Either that or this one particular Russian girl is in the mood for being kinda silly!

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Cleaning Ritual

Off The Tracks

When you are young and in love, you do a lot of things you never thought you would. But it’s probably best not to go too crazy like put your life on the line (quite literally in this photo) for that first love.

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Off The Tracks

Women In Uniform

Vladimir Putin definitely runs the Russian Federation, but believe it or not, men are actually outnumbered in Russia. Although it may not seem significant, there are 10.5 million more women in Russia than men. Wowza!

Women In Uniform

Ice Ice Baby

Russian women are as tough as they come, and incredibly so since she this one is evidently carrying an enormous truck in icy conditions.

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Ice Ice Baby

Too Good To Be True

In Russia, women don’t just eat meat and veggies in between their workouts, they devour large beasts and pull tractors in the Siberian wildernesses. They are just so hard as nails, it’s not even fair. Even after building up all that muscle and becoming incredibly strong, Russian women maintain their pristine, good looks. They look so much like a mannequin that we are starting to speculate whether or not this is actually real. It seems too good to be true.

Too Good To Be True

Purrrfect Spot

A survey sought to discover exactly how many people from different countries have cats in their home, and as it turns out, Russians were the most enthusiastic cat owners. More than half of the Russian respondents had cats. When questioned why it is so, scientists claimed the love for the feline is due to the peculiarities of culture. One explained: “We do not use the word train here because it implies forcing an animal to do something, and you cannot force cats to do anything they don’t want to.”

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Purrrfect Spot

Fashion Forward

Milan might be the fashion capital of the world, but these pictures of street fashion in Russia demonstrate people like to speak their minds through their apparel in Eastern Europe, too. For example, the girl wearing the denim jacket is quite clearly trying out a new hairstyle by pulling her hair through the hole of her shirt. The other picture might be a little too crude for some, but we all remember when the Juicy brand featuring the logo embroidered on sweatpants was the hottest trend out there.

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Fashion Forward