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  1. Nowhereman

    Russian culture is an instrument of imperialism and colonialism.

    Yes, it's all very similar. A lot of Ukrainians, Belarusians, and other nations that had been occupied by russia are often comparing russia to China in this meaning. Here is a significant difference between russia and China. China has thousands of years of history - and history of culture in...
  2. Nowhereman

    Russian culture is an instrument of imperialism and colonialism.

    It's because Russia is still an empire - as I've mentioned in my previous message.
  3. Nowhereman

    Russian culture is an instrument of imperialism and colonialism.

    Oh, and not only for Ukrainians. I think the breakup of the SU was a positive thing for most citizens of other "republics" (post-soviet countries now). As the breakup of the "Warsaw block" was also a happy event for its members' citizens (like the citizens of Poland you've mentioned). Also, I'm...
  4. Nowhereman

    Russian culture is an instrument of imperialism and colonialism.

    Most Russians are still imperialists and chauvinists. Even most of those who call themselves "liberals". That's why they hate Gorbachyov. They agree with "hutin-puilo" who said that the breakup of the SU was "the biggest geo-political catastrophe of the XX-th century). For me, who just turned 15...
  5. Nowhereman

    I'm here to discuss mine and others' poly rels.

    For those interested, I've decided to post it in Life Stories and Blogs like Evie proposed. https://polyamory.com/threads/russian-culture-is-an-instrument-of-imperialism-and-colonialism.155090/
  6. Nowhereman

    Russian culture is an instrument of imperialism and colonialism.

    I'm Ukrainian. I live in Israel now - it wasn't my choice, but the result of many circumstances, starting from covid-19 and ending the current war in Ukraine. I'll write here about how I stopped consuming the Russian culture - and how it changed my mind. When I was a child and teen, I went to...
  7. Nowhereman

    I'm here to discuss mine and others' poly rels.

    Oh, and about the "great" russian culture. I've completely changed my mind about it during the last ten years. And I had significant reasons for it. I don't see an offtopic section on this forum, so if anybody is interested, I could describe it on this topic.
  8. Nowhereman

    I'm here to discuss mine and others' poly rels.

    Now my sister and I mostly speak Ukrainian (sis even started teaching Ukrainian to her native Israeli partner). My brother and our mom still speak russian. P.S. I think I need to explain: I write "russia" and "russian" words with a lowercase "r" as a sign of disrespect. (Some Ukrainians even...
  9. Nowhereman

    I'm here to discuss mine and others' poly rels.

    You have nothing to be sorry for. Many people in Israel speak russian - including those of Ukrainian origin. So I accept it (although it doesn't make me happy). Unfortunately, when Ukraine was occupied by Russia, the Ukrainian language was gradually eradicated by the Russian. For instance, in...
  10. Nowhereman

    I'm here to discuss mine and others' poly rels.

    Oh, it's pleasant to know. In Israel, there're also fundraisers for Ukraine and volunteers helping repatriates from Ukraine. Flags are not so common altogether. But in big cities like Tel Aviv and Haifa, seeing the Ukrainian flag is a regular thing. And pro-Ukrainian and anti-russian (anti-war)...
  11. Nowhereman

    I'm here to discuss mine and others' poly rels.

    For now, I speak Ukrainian, Russian, and English. But I hope to forget Russian - especially if I learn Hebrew. For reasons, I hope, you could understand. Yes and no. In big cities most fo locals _do_ speak English. But it doesn't mean they'd _prefer_ to speak English. Recently a repatriate from...
  12. Nowhereman

    I'm here to discuss mine and others' poly rels.

    We Ukrainians are thankful to all countries supporting Ukraine - including the US! Although I live in Israel now - I still consider myself Ukrainian (at first) AND Hebrew. So I'm Thankful. Exactly! Orthodox Jews often propose me on the streets to read about their religion - or to join it...
  13. Nowhereman

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    Wow, it's pleasant to hear this! But in some way, I agree. I did expect my compatriots would resist Russia. But I was only 70-80% able to predict _how much_ they would withstand. I'd analyzed only UK's and US's activities - it looks like they want to weaken Russia slowly upon Ukraine. Johnson's...
  14. Nowhereman

    I'm here to discuss mine and others' poly rels.

    Oh, I've heard this joke many times, but about Reagan and Brezhnev - who were the US and the SU leaders in my early childhood (before primary school). It's even more interesting. The first joke about tsar Nikolay - I've heard the same joke about Brezhnev: A policeman arrested a man who was...
  15. Nowhereman

    I'm here to discuss mine and others' poly rels.

    I've read a good meme about it today. I can't find it now, so I'll write it in my own words: "Make 'Stop fascism!' poster. Try to stay with it in the center of Kyiv. And in the center of Moscow. Where you'd have been arrested - it's a fascist country!" Obviously (for all Ukrainians and Russians...
  16. Nowhereman

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    Oh, yeah, I was surprised too. In small towns, you usually don't see it in public places. But in Tel Aviv, it's completely normal seeing a guy in a mini-skirt on the street. Or the beginning of the courting between two men in a pub - with first hugs, petting, kisses. Or a couple of young girls...
  17. Nowhereman

    I'm here to discuss mine and others' poly rels.

    Yes, we also were surprised. The first resource my GFs found at the beginning of 2015 was an FB group created by Russian-speaking Israelis (the girls didn't know English well enough then). Some of the group members proposed we move to Israel so we could stop hiding our triad rels. But we didn't...
  18. Nowhereman

    I'm here to discuss mine and others' poly rels.

    Thank you. I will - when I get used to this place. ) Oh, there were some hard feelings when my sweethearts needed to move abroad - and I needed to stay in Ukraine. But that was in concord beforehand. That's why we'd stayed friends. It's quite the contrary - I've described it in my previous...
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