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Annoying, but correct: How to make Russians white-hot

Russians a lack of travel? The Düsseldorf Regional Court answered this question with a clear no. The "rowdy, impossible behavior" of the Eastern European guests brought up by a German plaintiff are subjective value judgments (Ref .: 22 S 93/09) and not justiciable.

That's right, everyone could come and complain, for example about British fellow travelers who, according to a survey by Urlaubstours, are almost as unpopular as Russians in this country. Not to mention their own compatriots, with whom every fifth German does not want to have anything to do with on vacation.

Anyone who takes legal action against unwelcome hotel guests is also suspected of being only looking for financial compensation. It is much more stylish to reprimand the "rowdy" pool neighbors on the spot, which is admittedly not that easy with Russians. Because Russians are among the most serene Europeans.

While the British, for example, get a thick neck if you as a German ignore empty phrases such as “Please” and “Thank you”, the Russians, who have ruled in the command tone for decades, are completely cold. Instead, it is the seemingly small coincidences in life, like a black cat or a broken mirror, that upset her. That means: The Russians are a deeply superstitious people. And this is what our first tip builds on:

Spill salt

If you are annoyed again at the hotel buffet that the Russians have cleared the salmon platter in front of your nose, you can return the favor as follows: You take an empty bottle and demonstratively place it on the Russian table and / or you spill some salt on the tablecloth. These "bad omens", which we have taken from the "Encyclopedia of Russian Superstition", will keep the Russians busy for days.

Ask about the Russian roots

From now on it gets more complicated, as our tips require a linguistic understanding. Since every second Russian claims to speak English, that shouldn't be too much of an obstacle.

But don't be surprised if an angry "I don't understand" is thrown at you anyway, you should take up our second tip. And that consists in hypocritically asking your counterpart where the Russian people actually have their deepest roots - in Russia or in Belarus and the Ukraine?

Although strange for Russians, the question is not that far-fetched. Because it was actually Slavic tribes on the territory of today's Belarus and Ukraine who were the first to free themselves from Mongolian rule in the 11th century.

The word “bela” for “white” is interpreted by some linguists as a distinction from the “yellow” Asians - and from those Slavic tribes further east who still had to live under the yoke of the Mongols and only established themselves under the leadership of the Moscow Grand Duke Ivan the Great (1440–1505) were able to free them from them.

Of course, Russians have no sympathy for such historical and etymological subtleties.

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