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Russian They Don’t Teach In School, Russian Insults

A Russian insult is Обезьяна — a monkey. It’s not very common and is used when someone behaves like an ape or copy someone else’s behavior. Some Russians adored calling President Obama a monkey, their racism was often overt.

In this blog I have deliberately avoided trying to directly insult Russia or Russians, instead, choosing to expose Russian idiosyncracies, mistakes, and missteps.

It must be difficult to be a Russian leader.  Everybody seems to be accusing Russia of invading other countries, hacking them, influencing their elections, acting provocatively, being corrupt, being a kleptocracy, and doing illegal, immoral, and unethical things. *sigh*

This RT article seemed to be attempting to insult Americans who are demonizing Russia. “Demonization of Russia an ‘insult to Americans’”

In January, Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow was “seriously tired of these accusations,” adding that the persistent campaign “truly is reminiscent of a witch hunt.”

From our point of view, groundless accusations backed by nothing sound, fairly amateur, on an emotional level… can hardly apply to the highly-professional work of truly highly-qualified intelligence agencies –

Somehow I don’t think Americans think this insulting or maybe the Russians just don’t understand Americans. Being told that something is supposed to be insulting is, ironically, amusing.

This lead to me wondering what would properly tick off a Russian.  I’ve been a student of the Russian language, culture, and people for quite some time, I’ve become quite familiar with many of the nuances.  I’ve absolutely become aware of the differences between Russia and Ukraine and why Russia appears to be floundering on so many levels in Kyiv.

I recently ran across some international insults and thought I would share a compilation of Russian insults. Many are not in English. Caution, if you aren’t familiar with the Russian culture, these may not make sense.

A scientific study of vulgarisms


Faux Insults to Russia

The Russian Ambassador appears to follow in line with his predecessors in feigning a slight and creating an insult out of nothing. This is more for theatrics than is real and meant to demonstrate Russian resolve in the face of an attack.  Fail.

Archives – Soviet

Russian Insults to Others

Russian Culture. 

When engaging with Russians, it is very important to understand Russian culture.  Historically, it was important to study Russian classics. Many do not believe this holds true in the 21st century.

Russian Proverbs

Russian Political Jokes


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