The Russians

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How far are you willing to go?

My name is Anastasia Valeeva and I’m a journalist from Russia. There are several reasons why I decided to move to Germany. I had already studied in Europe before. I visited the CFPJ (Centre de Formation et Perfectionnement des Journalistes) as an exchange student, while I was studying at the Moscow...
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The best part of Multicoolty

The best part of our project is meeting so many people from all parts of the world and with different backgrounds. One day you meet a miner from Kazakhstan, the next day you interview an Italian photographer, then a Korean dancer, a famous American jazzman, a guy from Togo cleaning the streets...
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Time to celebrate!

Exactly one year ago, on the 9th of October 2013, Multicoolty was created! This week will be dedicated to our very first anniversary: You’ll have the chance to take a sneak peek behind the scenes and we’ll reveal our stories of meeting the multicoolties out there. Happy Birthday and enjoy! 😉
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Scary word

For a Russian of my generation only the word “Germans” was already very very scary. Now that I am visiting Cologne I could not believe my eyes how nice and polite the people are here. They seem so much nicer than the Russians…  
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Dreaming of a pair of jeans

“To cramp yourself in the nationality is, in my opinion, stupid. I think nationality, as a concept, is outdated. I think it will play smaller and smaller role in our lives. Of course, it’s different when a country is still fighting for its independence, but over here in Europe….” Konstantin...
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No war

My name is Alexander and I am originally from Nadym, Russia. I have been living in Germany since 14 years already. My wife is Ukrainian and my parents-in-law still live there. We currently travel to Ukraine more than two times a year, but it used to be even more often….I...
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This is just not right!

My name is Jenia and I come from Smolensk, Russia. I am a part of the Köln Maidan Group since November last year simply because I want to express my support to young Ukrainians who were badly treated on Maidan in Kiev. I stand against this bestial and brutal regime....
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No romantics involved

My name is Yura and I come from Russia. I am currently a PhD student studying chemistry in Cologne. I have a Ukrainian girlfriend. According to the international law the referendum in Crimea is illegal. When the powers are not equal, unfortunately we see that the international law does not...
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No world around

I had a choice: either I come study in Germany or go to Scotland. I decided to come to Germany, because my German was not that good and I wanted to improve it talking to native speakers. Over here I have met so many new people from different countries, with...
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The essence of life

I like that Germans have everything in order in their heads and their lives. However, I don’t like that some Germans focus on material values a lot. Now I am distributing good for the soul books and hoping that people think more about the essence of life and good values.
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Young again

I was a mining engineer for twenty years in Kazakhstan. I came to Germany when I was 51, already a pensioner and everyone was telling me that I was still a young man. So I started acting like a young man – now look at me! I’m 62 but I feel...
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Germans and pets

What  do you find so different between Germany and Russia? Many things, for example, the way animals are treated and how much attention is given to them. There are TV shows about them and hotels where animals are allowed. In Russia these things simply do not exist. Another thing that surprised...
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Overqualified Putzfrauen

I am a German teacher. In my classes there are many women from East Europe and most of them are overqualified for what they do in Germany. They actually often joke about it. They say there have never been so many qualified Putzfrauen (cleaning ladies – ed.) in Germany before.
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