Russian Anecdote

Person 1: Where are you from?
Person 2: Near to Moscow.
Person 1: Where exactly?
Person 2: Bishkek.

(BTW, can anyone enlighten me as to whether the practice of claiming to be from Moscow or near to Moscow is a recent thing, or if it dates from Soviet times?)

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  1. Lyndon says:

    This is a pretty extreme example of something I’ve noticed a lot in a different context. I don’t know about Moscow, but there are a whole lot of Americans from the DC metropolitan area who claim to be “from DC” but are actually from far-away suburbs which have nothing in common with the actual District of Columbia. Maybe I’m off-topic here, but my DC native friends and I are frequently peeved by this (admittedly trivial) geographic prevarication. Of course, the example you’ve cited would be like someone saying they were from New York when they were in fact from Fargo.

    I don’t know if Russians (and Soviet citizens, back in the day) have always sought to claim they are from Moscow while abroad, but I do know that Moscow has always (for the past 80 years at least) been an extremely desirable place to move for many people living on the territory of the former Russian empire. It’s where the money is, and thus it’s where the jobs are. Hell, I want to move back there…

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