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Slovakia Borat|Sagdiyev 
hello friends, next year I will be spending a year in Yaroslavl, and I am just interested, can you give me any local knowledge (both for yaroslavl and russia in general) - what is the going rate for police bribery? will i get stabbed regularly by narkoman/gopnik? what should i be wary of?
2021-01-14 14:05
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i am coming from the west but am originally from an eastern european country
2021-01-14 14:05
No, police bribery doesn't happen as often, it's usually the higher guys who get bribed. You won't meet a lot of narkomanov or gopnikov, so don't worry. Just remember, people in Russia don't smile a lot, but that doesn't mean we all are mean.
2021-01-14 14:07
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at traffic stops, etc. do police get bribed much?
2021-01-14 14:33
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Never happened in Sankt-Petersburg. Just don't break the law, done.
2021-01-14 14:33
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+1 Lol this guy thinks its good idea to be a criminal in Russia kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2021-01-15 08:00
#120
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Russia Syonamaru
0/8
2021-01-15 16:52
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i arent bait
2021-01-15 17:09
#7
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Europe reguix
idk about Yaroslavl',but my friends name is Yaroslav thats it
2021-01-14 14:08
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very interesting personAlities
2021-01-16 13:06
As I know Yaroslavl is pretty chill city so its ok.
2021-01-14 14:10
Shouldnt be any problems there
2021-01-14 14:13
Don't try to argue with local obscurantism, it's widely spread, and it can be fatal for you. Get ready for masses of uneducated people who prefers physical strength, not intelligence. And, god, please, swear me you are not going to talk anyone about your political views or sexual orientation. These people don't want any changes (if you want changes – you are traitor/enemy etc). They are proud of victory in WW2, tanks, rockets and it's justified price for them not to have okay welfare, medicine, infrastructure, human rights, etc. As for products (I don't know about prices in KZ), they can be cheap, but check them carefully. Police can be random. Somewhere they're ok, somewhere they're real gestapo. If you feel pressure from them, try to stand for your rights, record them on camera/live stream and so on. Pepper spray is must-have, take care
2021-01-14 14:24
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#16
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Finland Jodecast
Wise words +1
2021-01-14 14:26
+1 thank you very much, kazakhstan fakeflag though( i'm slovakian
2021-01-14 14:31
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Well, maybe it lets you not to fear xenophobic issues, as you can be accepted as "brother slavonian"
2021-01-14 14:45
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does it matter for example how i dress or look?
2021-01-14 14:54
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It really does and it matters, yeah. Forgot to mention, sorry. The more modest you look without some fancy brandwear, the better. It allows you to reduce the unneeded attention. Edit: I've never been to Yaroslavl, so it can be absolutely random, like anywhere else in the world, and i can't judge for sure. But it's never enough to be on guard
2021-01-14 15:01
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ok so just be nice, don't talk about anything controversial, don't look gay/smart/weak, be modest, stand up for yourself?
2021-01-14 15:04
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Yes, here's yours recipe of safe being there. But still, they are people, so "be nice" is one of the most important advices in the world
2021-01-14 15:09
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ok, thank you
2021-01-14 15:10
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Such stupid and stereotypical advice I am giving you in shock. I am from Yaroslavl. Ask what interests you.
2021-01-15 17:25
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what are your favourite things about yaroslavl?
2021-01-15 17:44
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The pace of the city is slow, not as fast as in megacities like Moscow. And in summer the city is most beautiful. We have the Volga river on the outskirts of the city. There is a place in the city called "Strelka" - it is something like a small embankment. Well, in summer and spring you can go to many places near the city. For example, to picnics or to swim, go fishing. The city itself is beautiful in the center, clean enough in the center of the city, although there are enough old buildings from the Soviet era, they will often appear. Anything further from the city center is where the sleeping areas begin. There are five districts in Yaroslavl. There are parks with ponds in almost all districts from the city center. This is what, in principle, I like, but, of course, there is something that I do not like)
2021-01-15 18:00
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thank you! that's a very detailed answer and very interesting, what do you not like about the city?
2021-01-15 18:04
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if you don't know Russian, it will be problematic, because, unfortunately, our population (not the new generation) practically does not know anything in English. But there are also people who know him very well (who taught at school since childhood), but they are few. I don't know him well enough, I try to teach him. I know people who have coffee meetings with us on Saturdays to practice their English. I went there, we spoke pure English. The teacher was with us. He also conducts these meetings. We had people from Great Britain. For example, the girl also studied by exchange, lived with her grandmother in Yaroslavl, studied in our city. She periodically came to such "parties") Also elderly people 60-70 years old from Great Britain. I also often saw tourists from Germany here in the summer. In principle, our city is no longer so bad, but, of course, with its own problems, which are all over Russia. is an addition to what I wrote.
2021-01-15 18:15
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when I come I will speak pretty good russian and hope to improve it much more. aside from language how is the homelessness, poverty, etc.?
2021-01-15 18:34
mostly russian rednecks and gopniks hate gays, just dont look like metrosexual and ok
2021-01-16 17:31
#23
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Russia win73ry
What an exaggeration.
2021-01-14 14:33
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Perhaps I've dramatized a bit, yes, but these words were said in common and I described the worst scenario that can be. Somewhere less, somewhere more, depends on the region. Not my imagination tho, it comes from experience and people I met. In bigger cities it looks better, of course.
2021-01-14 14:51
Well OP is not going to a huge city so it's fair enough. Don't compare Yaroslavl to St. Petersburg or Moscow, Kazan and so on
2021-01-14 15:24
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It doesn't matter just because it's a smaller city it's still a huge exaggeration
2021-01-15 08:44
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might be, but the last sentence is equal in general just for self defense
2021-01-15 15:39
Excuse me, but what's wrong with being proud of victory in WW2?
2021-01-14 15:02
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Nothing wrong, I guess, it's deep subject to discuss. I mean cases where Victory is used in propaganda purposes, like it's one of the most important things to keep your in mind.
2021-01-14 15:16
#106
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Finland Goble81
You missed the point. Nothing wrong on how Russia made a big impact on taking down Nazis and Hitler's regime. You have every right to be proud of it. But, the point was that the current political and propaganda rhetoric uses this WW2 legacy as a smoke screen to hide how in many parts in Russia living conditions, healthcare, schools and infrastructure is 30 years behind many other European countries. Putin's regime is using WW2 as a background story why 15-18 years of kids should be proud of Russia. Why not finding something more recent to be proud of? Like good living conditions for everyone even in Yaroslav, quality hospitals somewhere else than in those couple hospitals in Moscow and St-Petersburgh? Clean and safe environment and not polluted and hazardous wasteland between St-Petersburg and Moscow? That was the point. Putin is trying to control peoples daily topics they discuss by feeding that propaganda how "EU/USA/CIA/UN/FBI/NASA/gays/lesbians/rainbow people/environment activist/human rights activists are trying to destroy and invade Russia and this is why Mr Putin is the only one standing between total destruction and total salvation". I hope you see through this message from Kreml.
2021-01-15 15:50
i mean in the way he was speaking about it - using their win in WW2 to justify bad living conditions, the victory is great but mut be moved on from if its causing the problems he is speaking of
2021-01-15 16:24
Pepperspray wtf ahahahha
2021-01-15 08:01
#64
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Russia Slavaa
0/8
2021-01-15 08:12
LOOOOOOOOL
2021-01-15 16:28
man im glad I live in Germany
2021-01-15 17:50
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2021-01-15 18:48
Well, in Tyumen no one cares if you're Kazakh, Ruski or other nation, so don't worry about racism or something like this. Be nice and everyone will be nice to you
2021-01-14 14:26
#19
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Germany Bier
Watched a documentary just yesterday in which 2 dudes traveled from berlin to shanghai by bike and in russia they got stopped by a car, which was driven by 3 drunk russians and they tried to beat them up 😂
2021-01-14 14:29
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link pls :D
2021-01-15 07:20
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#76
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Germany Bier
youtu.be/OOYSJYlA-C0 It's in german though :D
2021-01-15 10:09
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#77
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Russia mrPIVO
Timecode?
2021-01-15 10:20
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#82
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Germany Bier
Dunno tbh i am not at home rn. Somewhere in the middle
2021-01-15 10:51
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#83
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Russia mrPIVO
Ok ty
2021-01-15 10:58
Communism 👎😎
2021-01-14 14:35
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Communism is dead for 30 years in russia Nt😎
2021-01-15 10:22
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i hope u r joking
2021-01-16 13:11
I am from Russia but idk Hope this helps
2021-01-14 14:52
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Thanks +1
2021-01-14 14:54
xD
2021-01-15 07:54
+1 for effort.
2021-01-15 17:07
#34
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Russia win73ry
Yaroslavl is a chill and beautiful city from what I know. Gopniks don't exist in modern Russia, there still might be some aggressive guys, but this kind of shit has never happened to me, even though I had long hair for the most of my life, and I live in an unknown place in Eastern Siberia. It's not like Brazil or Mexico where you can get stabbed or robbed any time you're outside, but it's also not as safe as it is in Japan, for example, so you should be cautious, especially when you're outside in the night alone. Anyways, people won't treat you any worse because you're a foreigner. Some will stay neutral, some will treat you even better by reason of interest, especially if you speak Russian. I don't know how it is in Slovakia, but Russian people may look angry to you, because we don't have any emotions shown until there's an actual reason, so we don't just walk around with smiles on our faces like Americans do, we even say, "Smekh bez prichiny - priznak durachiny", which is, "Laugh for no reason is a sign of foolery". Good luck.
2021-01-14 14:54
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thank yu
2021-01-14 15:05
Sounds fair. Your post neutralizes and complements mine in some way. The country of contradictions.
2021-01-14 15:09
where re u from tho?
2021-01-14 15:04
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i am from slovakia and i have been living in the UK for a long time now
2021-01-14 15:05
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slovakian uk roadman? sounds scary if it was real
2021-01-15 11:07
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terrifying)
2021-01-15 12:09
They will call you "a piece of wood"
2021-01-14 15:05
#49
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Ukraine Najara
Do you know MMA?
2021-01-14 15:17
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sadly not
2021-01-14 18:21
#51
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Russia Rapu
If you are a normal person and will communicate politely with others - ofc everything will be fine. If you behave provocatively, then sooner or later there will be people who will break your nose.
2021-01-14 15:31
#52
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Russia Kamunist
Create a VK account and ask locals, that's the best way to know about the city and make friends before even coming. Each Russian city has groups named like "Rumors [insert_name]" where we share news, for Yaroslavl it's vk.com/yarchat . Just make a post there and I'm sure you'll have dozens of locals willing to help you and even guide you throughout the city. #14 is only true for maybe Chechnya and Tuva Republic lol. As you seem to come to study, don't move into a dorm or at least not for long, better rent an apartment with someone from the university.
2021-01-14 15:56
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I will be coming to study on an exchange, I will be staying with a guest family. Thank you for the advice
2021-01-14 18:20
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#79
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Russia mrPIVO
The part about a VK account is necessary, everyone here has it, so it will be much easier to communicate with people and find someone to explore the city and culture from the inside. As long as I know, people will be interested in you just because you're european, so you will probably make friends very fast
2021-01-15 10:28
#116
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Belgium lil_vodka
do you know the VK page of Kyiv i would like to study over there for about 6 months sadly enough i have to wait 3 months for my visa((( and do you know any Ukrainian sites where i can rent an apartment with a roommate(of my age preferably)
2021-01-15 16:28
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Yo. Ukrainians using facebook. Feel free to write me in pm if you need help. I am from Kyiv
2021-01-15 16:50
And first of all, #GOBIG
2021-01-15 07:09
prepare for ded
2021-01-15 07:19
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Blyat men :\
2021-01-15 07:45
eldorado, dns, kei are the most interesting things in yaroslavl
2021-01-15 07:58
#63
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Russia Slavaa
>what is the going rate for police bribery? will i get stabbed regularly by narkoman/gopnik? lol, fuck off with ur pathetic baits
2021-01-15 08:11
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Yeah it's not like Russia isn't dangerous, right ? Russia is the biggest shithole with bad people and big problems, people are not happy there and angry people are no good.
2021-01-15 08:49
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#81
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Russia mrPIVO
Well it's quite impossible to bribe an ordinary cop, if you try - you will most likely be detained and nailed with bottle if you know what I mean. I don't know much about narkomans and gopniks, but if someone really wants to find them, he will, ofc. The bottom line is whether you need problems and if you don't, then you can do fine
2021-01-15 10:34
#84
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Russia Slavaa
LOL, what a disgusting lie
2021-01-15 11:06
+1 smart
2021-01-15 11:09
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Same goes to Ukraine, it doesn't give you right to shit on another country if you're from CIS. you're basically a mini russian village.
2021-01-15 11:12
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so Germany is a mini Austrian village? Denmark is a mini-Swedish village? your logic is retarded. any country has its mentality, culture and all countries are different like it or not
2021-01-15 11:15
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Eastern europe has a shittier mentality, the west has a better mentality. It is really that simple.
2021-01-15 16:10
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#123
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Russia Syonamaru
white western supermen strike again?
2021-01-15 17:04
Ukraine as well but it's really not much compared to those miserable scamming russians
2021-01-15 12:21
Just be a polite and law-abiding person, don't walk on dark streets at night alone and everything will be OK!
2021-01-15 08:16
im getting stabbed by gopniks and narkomans atleast 3 times a day 3/10 would not recommend
2021-01-15 08:28
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#124
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Russia Syonamaru
10/10 you're just not used to it yet. relax and you will even have fun
2021-01-15 16:58
#70
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Turkey xC|sliCer
dude I am sorry to hear that, hope you do not have to stay for long
2021-01-15 08:50
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#154
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Turkey xC|sliCer
Crime rate in russia is 10 times higher than the one which is reported because your police does not exist
2021-01-16 12:48
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#158
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Russia Syonamaru
0/8
2021-01-16 14:12
First of all, be happy you are coming to Russia rather than Turkey There are no gopniks
2021-01-15 09:02
#72
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Russia totoRasper
wtf are you going to break the law there or what?
2021-01-15 09:05
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I think he means because Russia is such a shithole filled with criminals and corruption, in case he gets taken advantage of by law enforcement would he be able to get out of it by bribing the police.
2021-01-15 16:12
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+1
2021-01-15 17:10
emmmmmmmmmmmm such a crap atleast because no one will care about him, I wouldn't say foreigners have some special privileges here but if you don't go where you shouldn't go to then he (however like any ordinary person) will be out of interest to the authorities or someone else there but ok i think he wouldn't be able to do that - who the fuck will be care about some ordinary foreigner that which just came here to leave for some while? well, as for all sorts of gopniks, marginals, etc. then there're not too much of them here, if you don't provoke anyone then no one gives a shit about you (except maybe some drunk dickheads somewhere deep inside of dormitory areas but i bet you can meet them anywhere you've go to) rather on the contrary - as a maximum local boyz will try to get a foreigner rekt xDDD but they will hardly rob or something like that
2021-01-15 23:09
I love russia, and if you‘re not gay, you get the best girls in the world there.
2021-01-15 09:09
I dont understand where your exaggeration about gopniks and narkomans comes from. Gopniks in large cities have long been gone so...
2021-01-15 09:24
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it's just how russia is seen internationally
2021-01-15 12:26
Yes, don't go there. Ez
2021-01-15 10:29
Yes, don't come here.
2021-01-15 11:08
Good luck! Average russian city, be friendly, don't be gay and everything will be ok.
2021-01-15 11:20
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What happens if you are gay?
2021-01-15 15:43
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I think he was pretty clear: dont be gay.
2021-01-15 16:14
idk, try it yourself and tell us
2021-01-15 16:22
#126
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Russia Syonamaru
nothing
2021-01-15 17:01
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#133
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Russia ErleN_
sure
2021-01-15 17:13
They fucked you in ur narrow ass 😎👌
2021-01-15 17:29
At some point some gopnik may want to beat you
2021-01-16 17:03
slovakian trying to mock russia, lol. with this kind of attitude better stay in your shithole.
2021-01-15 12:33
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im not mocking anyone
2021-01-15 12:36
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"what is the going rate for police bribery? will i get stabbed regularly by narkoman/gopnik? what should i be wary of?" aren't those your words? you are either not so bright or brainwashed if you think that way about russia. if you mind your own business no one 's gonna care about you.
2021-01-15 12:44
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yes i havent lived in russia and that's the international image of it so im asking what its really like. im glad to hear that its not like that in reality
2021-01-15 13:24
Why are russians the nicest but also the most evil nation at the same time? How do they do this?
2021-01-15 15:42
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Commie tactics.
2021-01-15 16:15
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That would be gypsy tactics
2021-01-15 17:12
#105
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Sweden Nappev
i feel like they are a bit like us with how the act towards strangers. polite, cold on the outside but get to know us youll find out we're nice people. French people and especially mediterrainian/bazilians think we are socially retarded because our norms are so different
2021-01-15 15:46
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#127
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Russia Syonamaru
+1
2021-01-15 17:03
+1
2021-01-15 17:38
Yaroslavl is 200 km far from Moscow, pretty old town with historic center and typycal soviet appartment blocks. Russian policemen keep eyes on non-slavic people and check their passports in Moscow metro, for example, if you look like average slav, they will no pay attention to you. And if you are from European country, in will be easy for you to rent apartments for cheap by european standarts in the center of town with no gopnicks around.
2021-01-15 16:14
I don't know exactly how it's in Yaroslavl, but it's like large city (and one of the oldest) and near to Moscow, so I guess it's going to be pretty much like in every european country Smth you probably (since I wasn't in Yaroslavl) you should get used to 1. A lot of USSR ugly looking and bad overall buildings 2. It's always dirty af near them 3. You might have some troubles if you've colored hair or really not classical way of looking, but since it's close to Moscow you probably won't (like 99% you won't) Overall you should be just fine, Yaroslavl is pretty good city
2021-01-15 17:38
My granny lives in Yaroslavl, It is very beautiful city. I was there and people seemed to be nice. Visit Kostroma as well!
2021-01-15 17:42
i am from Yaroslavl. Ask me what interests you. I can help and prompt u.
2021-01-15 17:44
always rush b
2021-01-15 18:49
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Brazil LILpeeper
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