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The reason can be summed up in one word - "защищающихся." The English transliteration is something like this - "Zashtsheyeshtshauoushtsheyekhsua." No other explanation is necessary. :)) To read about my Russian language classes and see my impressive Cyrillic handwriting, look here. This birthday greeting was created for one of my Russian friends a few years ago. Can you understand my Russian? :)

Actually I stopped studying Russian because I became unfocused and didn't have time to work as a lawyer, maintain this blog, and be a linguistic scholar. It's a very difficult language for a native English speaker to learn, and it serves absolutely no purpose in my professional or personal life. All of my Russian friends in the U.S. and abroad speak English very well, and I know enough basic Russian phrases to exchange pleasantries with strangers during my visits to the country. English - the international language for tourism in most parts of the world and in my profession as a lawyer. The same for science and medicine, no matter how many times people try to argue with me about this fact or the need for English signs in Moscow. "Let them learn Russian and Cyrillic!," the most common response when I complain about the lack of English language tourism infrastructure in the country. Do you really think it's necessary for a foreigner to learn a language when they're spending only one week of their entire life in the country where it's spoken?  I don't, although it will certainly make your life easier if you take a few hours to at least memorize the Cyrillic alphabet, which isn't that hard to master. Happy Sunday to all! :)


Jan. 10th, 2016 05:14 pm (UTC)
This is not true. America has a much better record of integrating Muslims into society in comparison to European nations. And I'll continue to support the influx of migrants into the USA. You know it. :) I even help some of them obtain citizenship. I don't wish to live in a nation filled with only whites. White people are the most boring of all races. :))

Edited at 2016-01-10 05:15 pm (UTC)
Jan. 10th, 2016 05:18 pm (UTC)
White people are the most boring of all races. :)) (c)

Ha,ha, ha !!! You should choose proper whites !))
Jan. 10th, 2016 06:58 pm (UTC)
Your country just does not have so many muslims yet.
It's harder than integration of Europeans and Christians whatever country they come from.
The reason is that Islam is a religion AND a law code mixed together.
Being a true muslim you cannot follow the Islamic code and the common law code in a country where you live.

Here in Russia we also integrate muslims rather well but our muslims were the part of out continental empire for centuries and never in history had that Islamic law fully implemented.
No one from those -stan countries have an Islamic government and probably never will.
Jan. 11th, 2016 12:11 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry but if people are so dedicated to a religious code, then why do they leave their home country which adheres to it? It's true we don't have as many Muslims as Europe, but in certain parts of the U.S. (Minnesota or Detroit, for instance), there are huge populations in concentrated areas.
Jan. 11th, 2016 12:43 pm (UTC)
Most people leave for pure economic reasons.
They did not manage to build good life in their own country, instead they want to just use what you have created in your country.


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