Craig De Mott
first came to Russia in 1993, and came face to face with how Russians live. Though
it was after the fall of the Soviet Union, much of how Russians did things continues
up to this time. In fact, in many parts of Russia, life has changed little for
them, in terms of quality of life.
studied Natural Hygiene many years previously, I looked at the health of the Russian
people from this perspective. Back in 1993, there was little in the way of modern
supermarkets in Moscow. The few that did exist mostly catered to the foreign community
and the New Russians, or 'Novy Russki,' as they call it.
purchased by Russians, including myself, were from the Soviet type supermarkets
and vendors on the street. In the 'supermarkets,' one had to go to one department,
wait in line, tell the clerk what you wanted, go to the cashier to pay, and return
to the head of the line to pick up your purchase. So, if you wanted fruits/vegetables,
meat, bread, and cheese, you would have to repeat this process four times. And
since it took an average of 15 minutes in each line, just to do shopping took
a long time. The longest I had to wait in line was 40 minutes. However, under
Communism, the average wait was longer, and the choices were fewer than in 1993.
of the food back then I wouldn't give to a dog. This was mostly the meat and fish,
which I didn't eat, but nonetheless, many Russians did. Much of the fruits and
vegetables would have been sold at a discount back in the US -- good enough to
eat, but not the best.
(1999), more modern supermarkets have been built, but they are still fewer in
number then would be expected for a city of nine million people. Many stores are
small, and the larger ones are also owned individually -- which is good, but I'll
get more into that later. The other choice of buying food is from the vendors
on the street.
1993, there was not much in the way of imports, except at your larger, better
equipped stores. Now, even the small vendors on the street sell products from
all over the world.
and vegetables are available all year long, with prices about the same as in the
United States. In some cases, the prices here are cheaper, especially if it's
home-grown. The produce grown in warmer climates comes from Georgia, the Ukraine,
and Israel, among other places. However, food such as bananas from South America
are also imported. Russians love bananas, and they are available all year long.
which is grown in Russia include apples, plums, tomatoes, cabbage, cucumbers,
carrots, and potatoes. These foods are grown not only on farms, but also by individuals
in their back yards. In addition, many people raise their own chickens, cows,
produce sold comes from commercial farms, imported produce, as well as what they
personally have grown on their land. Some people don't even have a booth to sell
their food, but just a box that is set up somewhere near a store, bus stop, or
other busy area. Often these people are the elderly on pension who try to make
what little money they can on their measly $20 a month income, which often comes
franchises in Russia
people in the US and Europe think franchises are great. Thus, when they come to
Russia, they think of the disadvantage the Russians have by not offering such
services. I look at it a different way, and so do many other people. The fact
the big franchises haven't moved in -- with a few exceptions -- helps out the
small person. Here, you can see people who are poor trying to earn an honest living.
with little money, they rent a kiosk, or, if they have more money, open a small
store. From there, they can support their families. In the U.S., it would be unthinkable
for most people to buy something on the street, or in a building where they have
many such booths, from a poor person. Americans are all conditioned to go to a
supermarket, or hyper-store (they've grown so huge they have to call it by another
for one person for two years, I often passed a couple who had a booth on the street
selling food. They had a used Russian car in need of repair at the time; by next
year, they had a new foreign import.
many 'mom and pop' shops have closed up because some corporate giant with billions
of dollars moved in and put others out of business?
same thing applies with other types of business. I often see a person selling
video tapes from a table in the underpass in the metro. In a year or two, that
person has a kiosk where things are presented better. I'm sure some of them moved
up to a small store. And, there were many such people selling the same thing in
the same area. How many of them would have been able to 'pull themselves up by
the boot-strap' if Blockbusters were in Russia? Hardly any!
is better then in the West
general, the produce sold in Russia is better than what you can buy in multi-million
dollar supermarkets in the United States. What is grown by individuals is almost
always free from pesticides/insecticides, as individuals don't have the money
to buy such chemicals -- thank God. However, even that which is grown on farms
in Russia, as well as some imports is better tasting. Some of the imports come
from the CIS states, which, in turn, are also free of chemicals, or less is used
(at least that is how they taste).
example, the tomatoes are juicy and sweet; the apples are sweet or sour, depending
on the variety; other produce seem to have their full flavor. Even in the winter,
where all produce are imported, the tomatoes, for example, are much better tasting
and have their natural softness, as compared to what you can buy in the U.S.,
which are green-house, chemically grown and genetically altered.
the produce sold in the markets are grains of various types. For example, nearly
everywhere you can buy millet, barley, grits, etc. In the US, I only saw them
in health food stores. The reason for this is that most people use this to make
their own cereals. Russia doesn't produce such cereals. They don't have the money,
and, perhaps have more common sense -- in this area -- than to pay $3 for a box
of cereal when they can buy enough to make five times the amount for 50 cents.
to custom, personal tastes, and economics, people buy the whole bulk grain, boil
it in water or milk -- depending on their preference -- and eat. Though this type
of food isn't the best for them, it is much better than if they bought food from
Kelloggs or General Mills.
for example, costs about 45 cents for one kilo (2.2 pounds). Other grains are
the US and most other nations, it would be illegal to sell raw milk and cheese,
claiming that this is bad for your health (which, in fact, is bad for food processors'
profits). However, in Russia, this is allowed. The food does not go bad quickly,
as claimed by the US government. I've seen goats' cottage cheese last a week.
But in the US, such foods have to last a month -- hence, the preservatives.
my heart is joyed to see poor honest people trying to make an honest ruble --
or, preferably, a dollar -- by selling what they produce on their dachas, or small
farms. You can buy fresh cow's milk that is not pasteurized/homogenized. The cottage
cheese is natural, made without plaster of paris, as used in the US.
speaking, I know that dairy products aren't good for you, but at least for those
who do eat them, they're not as bad as the counterpart in the West. And, what's
more important, is that people who have very little money can bring their produce
the oppressive laws that the U.S. has, this would not be possible. Maybe for home
consumption, but not for sale. Well, poor people can only consume so much of what
they make, so they have to sell the extra. This money is then used to buy what
they don't grow, or other non-food items.
the U.S., many people have either had to close down their goat or chicken raising
business because it doesn't comply with a multitude of 'sanitation' laws. In Russia,
such is not the case. If this is bad for the health of the people, why don't they
get sick after eating it? In fact, such growing of animals went on like this for
millenniums, without ill effects.
on the 'dacha'
are many people who live in Moscow who have a country house, or their parents
having one. Naturally, there are many who don't own a home in the country and
thus they have no means to make extra money or to supplement their food. For these
people, life is really hard.
those who have a dacha, the home is often small, with a yard size of about 100
feet by 100-125 feet. Of course, the size varies, but often the yard size is that
of an average urban home in the US. The homes are often old, with construction
inferior to western standards. The electricity is an electrician's nightmare,
with bad wiring, few electrical sockets, and an uncertain steady supply of electricity
in many of your smaller towns. Even in the apartments in the wealthiest city in
Russia -- Moscow -- the wiring needs improvement.
first impression when I was taken to a friend's dacha in 1993 was one of amazement.
I never saw a home like that before. I'd traveled throughout the US, and in several
countries of Europe before, but I hadn't seen architecture like this. It seemed
like something on a Hollywood film set.
have ornate window frames, and awnings, which is what made it different in a strange
way, but something else, which made it different in a sad way, was the age and
rundown condition of the homes. Most of these homes look like dilapidated hunting
lodges. Just about all the fences are wooden picket ones, while some have just
slats of boards hanging on posts.
inside of the homes I've been in were all clean, so don't conclude that these
people are dirty. They are poor, but that doesn't affect their cleanliness, either
in their home or their person.
interiors of most homes are filled with just the basic furniture, and most of
it is Russian made and of poor quality. Then on top of that, there is the wear-and-tear
of years of use. Most things that were made in Russia are of the same design.
Thus, if you see something in someone's home, the chances are that millions of
other Russians have the identical item. This is the result of a controlled economy
under Communism, rather than a market economy.
many Americans, this would turn them off -- seeing the material poverty of the
people -- but for me, and many other foreigners who have come to know the Russians,
it doesn't. Whenever one is invited to a Russian home, the first thing you do
is take off your shoes -- to keep the rest of the home clean. Then you are greeted
with their hospitality and warmness.
they are poor, they offer the best thing in their home to you, something that
they've been saving for such a moment, and which might cost them a weeks' salary
or more. Such as their best wine, or a can of caviar. They lavish their table
with all sorts of food, if you are invited for dinner. Even if you just drop by
for a chat, they often offer you tea and something to eat. Russians are most gracious
in making you feel at home. It is this friendliness that attracted me and many
others to Russia.
fact that they are poor, they are still proud. They often wear nice clothes which
are clean. When I say nice, I don't mean Italian or French name brands, but clothes
that look nice, though the price may be very low. Naturally, those who can afford
European clothes buy them.
sheds or small barns that many people have in the back of their homes look like
they would go up in smoke at any time. Fortunately, things are carefully done
in and around the buildings, so you don't have whole neighborhoods going up in
tools they use for farming are also old and in need of replacement. When I say
old, they are also made of poor quality materials, as most things made in Russia
are. Many still have tools that were made under the Soviet Union, making them
last as long as possible. Many firms that produced tools have closed. It is with
these old wooden hand tools that people have to make their living with. For the
majority of Russians, all work on the garden is done by hand tools. Electric tools,
gas powered tillers and such are beyond the reach of most Russians So, it is very
labor intensive. Still, they manage to elk out a living.
roads, even in towns near Moscow are in a bad state of repair, while other roads,
are still without asphalt. The main roads which are in the Moscow region are in
better shape, but travelling any distance from Moscow can be a nightmare.
telephone system in many parts of Russia go back to the 1920s. Even areas in Moscow,
the technology goes back to the 1930s. Thus, most people have difficulty calling
if they live in small towns, with lines often not in service. In Moscow, it's
better, but you still have slow transmission of the Internet, for example. Also,
in this the 'wealthiest city' in Russia, everyone has only one phone. To get another
one in your home is next to impossible. Thus, a fax line is shared with the same
line as the phone.
many small towns and villages, people don't even have a phone. To get one, you
have to wait until someone dies (it seems), and only then are you put on a waiting
list. And then it still takes a few years to get! I know one lady who lives in
Vorkuta (a city of 150,000 people), where she had to pay $400 so she wouldn't
have to wait so long (she had already waited two years). This extra money is nothing
more than a bribe. My girlfriend, who has an apartment in a small town, which
is about a 15 minute ride outside of Moscow, doesn't have a phone, and said it
would cost $1,000 to get one!
you can see how 'backward' Russia is. In fact, when travelling to some of these
places, it's like being back in the middle of the 19th century in some respects.
The only reminder of it being the end of the 20th century are the few new cars
you see, some new appliances in the homes, etc.
girlfriend's dacha is actually her parents' dacha, which is in the town of Snegire
is about 40 kilometres north-west of Moscow. This is where the German advancement
stopped during World War II. In fact, they have a monument and park near this
town with old tanks from Russia and Germany that were used during the war. This
town can be reached by car, bus, or electric train. By train, it takes about 40
minutes, as there are many other stops along the way.
1st is the traditional day where people from the city head out to their country
homes to start their gardens. For those who have cars, they are loaded up with
tools, plants and other materials needed to start their yearly ritual of 'returning
to the soil,' as it were. Whereas most people travel by train and bring what they
can in bags, backpacks, and little dollies.
every home uses every space it can to grow what they can. Space is not wasted
by having evergreens and aspens, as this is used for fruit trees. The average
garden is divided up by different sections for potatoes, cabbage, carrots, beets,
tomatoes, squash, garlic, onions, dill, and cloves.
are not forgotten, either, as this is something to bring a little cheer in their
lives. The trees are usually apples, plums and cherries. This is what my girlfriend,
Marina's, parents have, and so it is with millions of other Russians.
some people, they just live in their country homes in the summer, whereas others,
live there all year long. Thus, it's not their 'dacha,' as this means country
home in Russian, but actual home. For those who have children that are not too
busy with work or live too far way, they come out and help their parents.
parents, Nadeshda and Vasily, also raise chickens and goats, as do many other
Russians. Some have a cow or two on their small lot of land. Her parents also
have a 'banya,' (steam room). This Russians love. They also have a greenhouse
that is made of a metal frame with plastic covering. This is used to grow tomatoes
and cucumbers, as sometimes it gets too cold at night for them to survive without
protective covering. They also rent a plot of land nearby where they grow some
of the same vegetables that they do in their back yard.
through fall, Nadeshda walks her four goats to a nearby field in the morning for
a few hours of grazing. Then returns with her 'children' leading the way home.
Nadeshda and Vasily are kept busy by gardening, cleaning the chicken coup, goat
stalls, feeding the animals, making repairs as needed, and of course, keeping
up with the house work. Though they are on pension, so work on the 'farm' is more
demanding than their former city job.
the year, they sell goats milk, goat cottage cheese and eggs. The vegetables and
fruit, they keep for themselves, and give some to their two daughters. They also
give them some of the milk, cheese, and eggs. Nadeshda takes care of the bookkeeping,
so she does see that they make a profit. However, the profit is very little, as
this is a very labor intensive operation.
the goat cottage cheese she gets only 15 rubles a kilogram (about 62 cents). In
the city, cows' cottage cheese -- 'made on the farm' -- goes for about $1 a kilogram.
This, of course, is not as good as goat cheese. Normally, goat cheese would sell
for more, but this is all she can get in her town, as most of the people are poor.
She doesn't make enough to go to the city to sell it, so she settles for this
is the situation that most people are in. There are large and expensive homes
in her town, but they buy their food in stores, as price is no object. It is safe
to say that the people who own these homes are mostly those in the mafia, or government
officials that take bribes.
have always lived under a bad government. For most of the time under the tsars,
Russians were mere serfs, with some freedom coming under Alexander II and Nicolas
II. Then there was the terrorist regime of Communists leaders. Since perastyoka,
there has been freedom of the press, assembly, ownership of private property,
etc. But for millions of Russians, life is actually worse than when they lived
going into too much detail, the reasons for this involves the criminals both in
and out of government. People who are on pension are paid an average of $20/mo,
with many receiving their cash late (they don't have a bank checking system in
Russia). Those that are working are paid very little. For example, teachers in
Russia get an average of $100/mo. Then they have to wait months to receive this,
with inflation eating away at what little they have before they get it.
of firms run them as if they were their own personal businesses and pay very little
or nothing in exchange, claiming they are not making any money, while at the same
time they are driving around town in their Mercedes Benzs, Jeep Cherokees, travelling
the world, and living in luxurious apartments.
Americans, who wouldn't put up with this, Russians keep working for less money
than it takes to feed and cloth themselves, all the time hoping that someday things
will be better. Under these conditions, many people would not survive if it wasn't
for growing their own food, knowing how to preserve it, etc. This all resulted
because of their history of criminal political leaders. Even under Communism,
people were allowed to have their own lots. Making a business of what they raised
or grew that was not allowed. However, many did this anyway, by secretly selling
or trading with friends and family.
of the foods that are preserved are cucumbers and tomatoes. With cucumbers, it's
a tricky process to salt and seal them, as the top can blow if not done right.
Carrots, beets, potatoes, and apples are kept in cellars, where it is cool and
dark. So, along with the cooked and salted food that they heavily rely on in the
winter, they also have some fresh food. Many Russians, like Nadeshda, don't have
a full cellar, but just small dug out area where such food is stored. This is
accessed under the floor boards of the house. This way, the food is kept at the
right temperature, and not exposed to minus 20 or 30 degree Celsius temperatures
that Russia usually gets.
general food availability in Russia has improved with the fall of the Soviet Union.
Now, fresh fruits and vegetables are available all year long. There are more places
to buy such food, and gone are the long lines. As mentioned earlier, in general,
the fresh produce is better than in the United States. This is due in part, that
a large percentage is supplied by individuals selling what they grow on their
dachas, as well as those who have small farms. The one advantage of being poor
is, that you don't have the money to buy the pesticides, herbicides and genetically
altered food that is used in the West. Also, with many of the countries that food
is imported from, they use less chemicals and hybrid seeds. This, of course, affects
not only the taste, but the health of the consumers. So, this is definitely one
plus for Russia.
year I was in a town called Vorkuta on business. This is located in the far north,
about 1,200 miles north-east from Moscow. Vorkuta, with a population of about
150,000 people, is located at the 67 parallel. To give you an idea how far north
that is, look at the map of Alaska, and take a place that is midway between Fairbanks
and the Bering Sea -- that is how far north it is! There I found fresh fruits
and vegetables. However, I cannot speak the same for smaller towns scattered throughout
Siberia and other places. I would assume that the supply would be less or only
available certain times of the year. I'm sure that the smaller and less economically
important towns in Russia have a shortage of fresh produce.
are many people doing without food, or having to rely on poor quality food, but
this is not the result of a food shortage, despite what the media says. As with
matters of health, so it is with other political/economic/social issues -- the
media lies. Living in Russia for four years, I know. The problem is not with food
shortage, as it is with a lack of money to buy it.
year brought a flurry of new reports about Russian 'food shortage,' and that there
is starving in the country. The first part is a lie, the second part is true,
but it's not because of the so-called food shortage, as there isn't any. It's
because of a lack of money that most people have. Some articles told us that there
is a shortage of grain, that bread and other products made with grain has gone
up in price; that not enough people can buy this. Well, the facts are this: Grain
supplies were down, but not enough to cause a shortage, much less price increases.
Let me clarify this.
the crisis of August 17, 1999, the ruble lost value against the dollar and all
foreign hard currency. With the dollar, before the crises, the ruble stood at
about 6:1, now it's about 24.5 rubles to the dollar. In other words, it's worth
only 1/4th of what it was earlier.
August of last year, many people have been out of work; those still working have
seen their salaries reduced, even though they are still working the same amount
of hours at the same jobs. For example, those who work in stores, on the average,
made $300/mo., now their salaries are about $100/mo. This is not just a phenomena
with Russian businesses, but with foreign businesses, too.
McDonalds, I know a person who is in management and worked there for seven years.
Before the crises, her salary was $600/mo., now it's $200! This would not be permitted
in the States, but here they take advantage of the way business is done in Russia,
and do the same thing. So, naturally, with people out of work; people who could
only find a part-time job; and, those who have seen their salaries slashed by
2/3rd, it becomes a problem of not having enough money to buy the food they did
it was true, as the media and government told us, that there is a food shortage
in Russia (especially grain), you would see one of two things happening here:
1) prices would be high; or 2) you would not see the availability of food in the
market. In Russia, throughout the four years I've been living here on a steady
bases (my first trip was in 1993), the prices remained constant in terms of real
dollars. The variety and places to buy food has actually increased. Now, how can
the media and government explain that?!
prices were kept artificially low, but there was really a shortage, then you would
see empty shelves in the market place. The only way to keep the shelves full when
there really is a shortage of food, would be to raise the prices so high that
few people would be able to buy it. Well, the fact is, as can be testified by
everyone living here is, (and, you can ask Americans who have returned, as to
a confirmation of this) that the prices have remained the same in terms of constant
dollars, and food was still widely available from the time of the crisis to the
present (June, 1999).
were market adjustments in the weeks that followed the crises of August, 1998,
but at no time was there really a shortage. There was a delay, as those who imported
food, had to pay in advance in hard currency, where as before, importers had credit.
So, it took time to arrange the next shipment of food. This was to be expected.
There was panic buying, as people didn't know what to expect of their economic
future. Then, after several weeks of this, shelves were getting low, and some
things were sold out. So, it took some time to have deliveries made, but made,
fact, during the first weeks after the crises, prices were actually lower, this
added to the panic buying did cause a shortage of some things. But so you would
have this in the US, when, for example, people stock up of food before a hurricane.
Of course, with reporters looking for sensationalism -- which sells more newspapers
-- they can make it look like the country was running out of food. No, the fact
was, that at this time only, there was more food in the homes of the people than
in the store and kiosks, but the food was still here.
times of economic uncertainty, it's only natural the people want to stock. I,
too, was one of millions buying what I could. Some of this food would not be what
I would normally eat, but at least I knew that I would have something -- a poor
quality food is better than nothing at all.
the ruble was worth only 12:1, the prices remained the same; when it went to 18:1,
they remained the same. In other words, what cost 100 rubles before, you could
buy the same thing for 50; then for 33. This not only included food, but everything.
While some people increased their prices, they were a minority, and those that
did increase them, it was not in direct relation to the ruble/dollar exchange,
hence, this created bargains, which added to the panic buying.
for me, I had all my money in dollars at home, with rubles to last me a few days
of normal purchase of food. As you may recall, the banks closed, some never to
open again. And everyone who had money in the banks lost it. Those with money
in the more stable banks, had to wait months before they could get it -- all paid
back in inflated rubles. (That's what I mean by corrupt government and business.)
Knowing the nature of business here, I never put my money in the banks, and as
a result, I didn't suffer a loss.
this time of run-away inflation, it was like Christmas, as I was able to buy things
that I couldn't before (because of a lack of money). At this time, people who
had cash bought what they can -- not only food, but clothes, electronic goods,
furniture, and cars.
weren't prices adjusted for inflation? Some people couldn't because the law says
that they can't charge more than a certain percent -- which is a communistic law.
However, there are those who were not affect by price restrictions, they still
kept price down, not realizing that they would have to pay more to replace what
was sold. This is a result of business ignorance. Naturally, when they restocked
their shelves, prices went up accordingly.
health of the average Russian is very poor. You might have heard the figure of
life expectancy. Men have an average life of 59 years, while women live to an
average of 72, far below western standards. In the city that I was in last year
-- Vorkuta -- I was told that the average life of men there is 45! I suspect that
women are not far behind. Why is this?
let me comment on Vorkuta -- a mining city that was founded on slave labor from
the local gulag camp. Naturally, being very cold most of the year, and not getting
paid what they should to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, is one contributing
factor. Another is the dangerous working conditions in the mines where accidents
are common. Those who survive, the accidents, scrub to black lung disease. Then
there is the drinking, which I'll discuss more at length later. All of this contributes
to a short life in this city and others like it, scattered throughout the hostile
expanse of Russia.
general, other factors contribute to the poor health of Russians. When people
don't have the money to buy the foods they need to sustain life, their health
suffers, naturally. There is also the custom of eating foods that aren't good
for them, even if they have the money to buy better food. For example, Russians
love bread. With every meal they have several slices of bread. This, I believe
is the result of their history of not having enough of the proper foods -- and
bread is a cheap filler. I've seen three bread kiosks next to teach other, and
they were all doing good business. I've often seen people going to their homes
with three or more loafs of bread. I remember seeing one young attractive girl
eating on a loaf of white bread as if it was a hamburger.
bread isn't good for your health, on average, it is better than what you can buy
in the US. The reason for this is, quite simply, that they don't have the chemicals
in it that we have. They also have more of a supply of brown, or, as they call
it, 'chorny klep' (black bread). Bread, coupled with other refined starches, is
a poor food choice.
have a diet high in animal fat. They don't bother to trim fat from meat. I remember
one time I was invited to a friend's house for dinner, and I saw what looked like
some kind of white cheese, and I asked the hostess what kind of cheese it was.
She responded and said it wasn't cheese, but pig's fat. How gross!
use liberal amounts of mayonnaise in their salads. This contributes to cardiovascular
diseases. You've heard of Russian salad dressing. Well, no such thing, as we know
it, exists in Russia. Their salad dressing is plain mayonnaise.
there's vodka and beer. Vodka is quite cheap, with a ½ liter bottle of
Stolechnaya selling for about $1.50 in the stores -- which is your better brand.
You can buy it cheaper, as many bottles are 'bootleg,' with the tax stamp and
label identical with the original.
poor in the towns and villages throughout Russia make their own, often from potatoes
-- the equivalent of our moonshine. Beer is another favorite drink, with Russian
bottles selling for about 25 cents. In the morning, it is quite common to see
men drinking beer. This is stronger than the American counter part. I just mention
this to show you that even the poor can afford it.
reason prices are so low is that the people would not put up with high prices
for their alcoholic drinks, and the government knows it. As for outlawing it,
that's out of the question. Gorbachav tried to restrict the sale of vodka without
success. At this time, there was more home-made vodka produced and under-the-counter
sales than at any other time in recent history.
I'm invited to parties, there are many toasts -- with vodka of course. They have
their drinks straight up, chasing it down with a pickle, piece of bread, or vegetable.
Then minutes later, they toast again, and so it goes throughout the evening, though
the time interval does increase. In the United States, for the most part, people
have wine or beer, but limit the amounts they take. Here, just about everyone
gets drunk, except those who have to drive. I've seen Russian finish off all the
bottles, and if the party is still going on -- which it usually is -- they go
out and buy more. I'm amazed how some of them can walk home. That's how bad the
drinking is here.
was surprised at the number of people who have heard of Herbert Shelton and Paul
Bragg. The books by these people were popular in Russia under Communism. I would
say more people in Russia have read their books of Natural Hygiene than in the
U.S. How many took their advice is another story. I'm sure some of them did, if
only when they were sick.
Slavs, are a very attractive people. I've never seen such beauty before. They
have the mixture of blonde, brunette, brown, red and black hair, as seen in other
groups of the white race, along with the range of different colored eyes. They
are a tall people, like the Germans. The young girls look they could win a Miss
America beauty contest. The men are handsome, too.
I first came to Russia, there was no such thing as fat teenagers or young adults,
much less obese ones. When Russians get older, they do get overweight. Now, with
the push on western food, the opening of more McDonald's, the selling of junk
food, you are starting to see more fat young people. However, the percentage is
still much lower than in the US and Europe.
sad thing is that when Russians get older, they lose their beauty and health,
and this happens faster than what you see in the U.S. In the U.S., our older people,
in my opinion, are better looking and on average, in better health. In Russia,
I would say that the average man over 50 is an alcoholic. (I can tell by the appearance
of their face, even if they are not drunk at the time.) The women, on average,
are not as heavy drinkers, but they let their health go in other ways, too. Thus,
it's a shame to see such beauty being wasted.
don't see anything improving in Russia. This can be evaluated by the people who
are not in government, and those who have their eye on the presidency, as they
are all crooks. And with it, there would be no economic improvement, much less
better education in the fields of health. As a result of their so-called 'democracy,'
the Slavic race is dying out.
fact, President Yeltsin was charged by the Duma (lower house of congress) with
genocide, as it is estimated that over 2,000,000 Russians have died as a result
of the so-called 'economic reforms.' The charge of genocide didn't get the required
number of votes, but it does show the awareness of some people of the danger that
is happening to them as a result of government policy. So, if this trend continues
for a long period of time, there will be no Russians left, except for the few
that have fled abroad.
a strong middle class has to be established to give the people the money to buy
the necessities of life. Then the message of Natural Hygiene has to be brought
to them. With the proper economy in place, there would be wide distribution of
good quality food, and the people with the money to buy it, then you would see
an improvement. However, even if this was the case, the reality is that it would
not be a massive improvement, as centuries old customs of bad health practices
would have to be changed.
just up to people like you and me to do what we can to get the message of truth
out, in whatever areas of life that is, including the areas of economic and health.
Let us each do what we can to tell others. I'm doing what I can in this area of
the world, and I hope you are, too.
those who would like to contact me or who would like to visit Russia, I'd be glad
to talk or meet with you. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org,
or you may phone me at 7-095-421-1039
bless you all.
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