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Old 03-30-2014, 12:15 PM
 
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Hello! I live in Russia. I am ready to answer all your questions and at the same time to correct my English. Can talk on any topics about Russia, and I think that some of it will be interesting. Ask questions :
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Old 03-30-2014, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Estonia
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Do a lot of people in Russia buy their driving license?
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Old 03-30-2014, 12:23 PM
 
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In a greater degree is a stereotype Though is the place to be. Russia has good transport police, they arrest the violators.
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Old 03-30-2014, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Estonia
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Yea the Russian traffic police. It is not uncommon that they just stop some cars and ask for money (seen it many times on several documentaries and on TV). Since there are thousands of thousands of videos on youtube showing dashcam camera recordings of car crashes, it just makes me believe that a lot of people just don't have a slightest idea of traffic rules. Either they bought their license or they don't have one in the first place. How would you describe the Russian traffic?
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Old 03-30-2014, 06:01 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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This is a good topic. Tell us, please, what is the process for getting a driver's license in Russia? In the US, it's ridiculously easy. Really, in my opinion, the state is irresponsible to give out licenses so easily. I admire the Swedish system. You have to take several written and practical (driving) exams, and in-between each round of exams, you're required to get a minimum number of hours of driving practice, which, I assume, has to be done in the presence of an instructor.

By the time you're done, you're ready to handle pretty much any situation, any unusual circumstance. It's very expensive, but effective. I'd practically kill to get that driving course! (It's just an expression, Alex. I wouldn't really kill anyone. ) Also, notice, Alex, that in Sweden, if you are stopped for drunk driving, you lose your license FOR LIFE! One strike, and you're out FOREVER! This would never work in Russia. The people would revolt.

In the US, in contrast, no minimum number of practical hours are required at all, and you can have a relative accompany you, you don't need to have an official teacher for your driving practice. After you pass a very simple test, the state gives you a license and turns you loose on the unwitting public. No one teaches you how to use all the gears. (!) No one teaches you what to do in various unexpected situations (the traffic lights at an interesection aren't functioning, for example.) The instruction is very basic.

I like what they do in Romania; new drivers are required to post a sign in their rear window for the first year after they get their license, saying there's a new driver in the car.
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Old 03-30-2014, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Finland
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Why are Russians and other Eastern Slavs so violent?

What I've heard disputes in Russia are often decided by fists, and the one who wins is right and the beaten once loses the 'argument'.

Is it also true that domestic violence is a sign of devotion and that the other one cares for you?

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Also, notice, Alex, that in Sweden, if you are stopped for drunk driving, you lose your license FOR LIFE! One strike, and you're out FOREVER! This would never work in Russia. The people would revolt.
Nope. The maximum revoking of the license is 3 years in Sweden and 5 years in Finland.

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Old 03-30-2014, 08:19 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Why are Russians and other Eastern Slavs so violent?

What I've heard disputes in Russia are often decided by fists, and the one who wins is right and the beaten once loses the 'argument'.

Is it also true that domestic violence is a sign of devotion and that the other one cares for you?



Nope. The maximum revoking of the license is 3 years in Sweden and 5 years in Finland.
Has it always been that way? I was told that at one time, the license was taken for life.

Russians and East Slavs violent? Settling arguments w/fistfights? Isn't that what someone was saying about Finns, on one of the other threads?

It would only happen if a couple of people were very drunk. I've never seen, nor heard of this.
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Old 03-30-2014, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Coldwind Farm
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In a greater degree is a stereotype Though is the place to be. Russia has good transport police, they arrest the violators.
This is not a stereotype, some my friends bought their driving license for ~$200, probably in Moscow driving license is more expensive, but still many people can to buy it without any troubles.
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Old 03-30-2014, 08:27 PM
 
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This is a good topic. Tell us, please, what is the process for getting a driver's license in Russia? In the US, it's ridiculously easy. Really, in my opinion, the state is irresponsible to give out licenses so easily. I admire the Swedish system. You have to take several written and practical (driving) exams, and in-between each round of exams, you're required to get a minimum number of hours of driving practice, which, I assume, has to be done in the presence of an instructor.

By the time you're done, you're ready to handle pretty much any situation, any unusual circumstance. It's very expensive, but effective. I'd practically kill to get that driving course! (It's just an expression, Alex. I wouldn't really kill anyone. ) Also, notice, Alex, that in Sweden, if you are stopped for drunk driving, you lose your license FOR LIFE! One strike, and you're out FOREVER! This would never work in Russia. The people would revolt.

In the US, in contrast, no minimum number of practical hours are required at all, and you can have a relative accompany you, you don't need to have an official teacher for your driving practice. After you pass a very simple test, the state gives you a license and turns you loose on the unwitting public. No one teaches you how to use all the gears. (!) No one teaches you what to do in various unexpected situations (the traffic lights at an interesection aren't functioning, for example.) The instruction is very basic.

I like what they do in Romania; new drivers are required to post a sign in their rear window for the first year after they get their license, saying there's a new driver in the car.
Does this vary by state?... b/c in New York, Drivers Ed is mandatory. Usually it is offered on the weekends or after school by the school district, but to say it's "ridiculously easy" is it a bit of an understatement. While think some people I know who drive shouldn't be allowed on the road, it's not all THAT easy to get a license here. Many people do not pass the first time.
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Old 03-30-2014, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Finland
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Has it always been that way? I was told that at one time, the license was taken for life.

Russians and East Slavs violent? Settling arguments w/fistfights? Isn't that what someone was saying about Finns, on one of the other threads?

It would only happen if a couple of people were very drunk. I've never seen, nor heard of this.
Yes. The DUI policy was much more lenient a few decades ago.

I don't know. The supposed violence in Finland is just a myth, we are not any more violent than the Swedes or the French for example. Maybe the "Slavic fighting culture" is as well?

But anyway:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZGaaqH2o6I


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc5zLmn8D0E


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ0FwDJqFoM


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FGe1Tp5krQ


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnOF08MXQCA


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8XKwNqMAag


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXWyFNyz46k


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXrqv7jQ6u8


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMTbFSJ_Tr4


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0zwUG6gy4Q

Anything like these would be completely impossible here. And the Internet is filled with these videos.

This is the worst that happens here. The most famous Big Brother moment. A gay man throws a wine glass and goes to cry.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxb-_7XMrtk
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