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  1. The Russian landscape is the largest plain in the world. “Steppe and steppe all around, the way is far away.” No mountains and seas, no swirls. Hence the breadth of the soul, OPENNESS, simplicity, naivety.

    For comparison, the very popular American TV series “House Doctor “was advertised with the slogan”All people lie.” The English word ” con ” is a scam, although it is a co-prefix. And the Russian hero is the idiot Prince Myshkin (Dostoevsky). He is naive, trying to understand and justify everyone.

    The Germans invented utopia (false)- Communism. And naive Russians really believed in it.

  2. What makes a person Russian (German, Japanese, Uzbek) is their sense of self. And it is formed in the process of growing up and upbringing under the influence, first of all, of language and culture.

  3. first of all, these Russ are not our ancestors. Although it is possible that we shared a common ancestor several thousand years ago. We don't even know for sure if they were carriers of R1a and N, like us, or R1b, or some other haplogroup. We don't know what their female chromosomes were. But it is safe to say that their way of life, religion and character were completely different. Learn DNA genealogy, and you will know that there was no mixing with the “dozens of others” and still is not. Today's Russians have only three Y-chromosome haplogroups and one X-chromosome haplogroup. The rest are negligible.

    It is a misfortune that the elite of our state was not originally national.

  4. It does nothing, because today's Russians have nothing to do with “the Varangians, with Russia”, and even in the old days they did not. The descendants of the Rus were only some princely and boyar families, which are now almost nonexistent: the remnants live abroad and refer themselves to the local ethnic groups. Those people were never engaged in productive work. Initially, they lived by war, plunder, and then by the labor of Slavic and Finnish peasants. We have only a fashion for drunkenness and hooliganism from them.

  5. One of the definitions of Russian:Russians were called people of any nationality who professed Orthodoxy.Hence the answer is obvious: Russian makes Russian Orthodoxy.Slavic in Russian languages is more than one quarter.

  6. I would like to hear a deeper question than just “what makes a Russian person Russian”.

    Here you need context to understand what you mean by “Russian” and by “does”?

  7. Probably, someone thinks that the answer should contain a lot of pathos words. Alas, the answer is more than simple and obvious: A Russian person is made Russian ONLY by his own self-identification. Either a person simply did not have anyone in their ancestors who would have a different identification, this happens most often, or a person's ancestors had several different self-identifications, but the person himself chooses Russian.

    An important factor of self-identification is the language . If Russian is your native language, then most likely you identify yourself as Russian. But this is not necessary. You can identify yourself as either Ukrainian or Belarusian, for example.

    Is religion a determining factor in self-identification? No, it is not. A Russian may be an atheist, an Orthodox Christian, or a Protestant, a “Jehovah's Witness” or a member of the “Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints.”

    Can a person identify as Russian if they were born in another country and their native language is not Russian since childhood? Yes, of course. The whole point is again SOLELY in his self-identification.

    It is important not to confuse the subjective identification of oneself as “Russian” with the objective belonging to the Russian nation, which is manifested through citizenship, i.e. documented.

  8. 1) Knowledge of the Russian language. And, accordingly, a special attitude to some of his favorite Russian-language films, songs, books.

    2) Knowledge of the country's history. Rather, a special attitude to it: a Russian person will not seriously discuss the reign of Charles de Gaulle or Henry VIII with anyone in depth – he does not care about them. He is interested in Stalin and Peter I.

    That's basically it. The main difference between a Vietnamese, a Persian, a Spaniard, or a Yankee from a Russian is that they don't know Russian (and, accordingly, are deprived of access to creations in it), and that they don't have a special attitude to our history – they are fond of the history of their countries

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