2. Russians themselves learn from the Kyrgyz
Having enriched the local population with knowledge and skills, over a century and a half of coexistence, the Russians also learned a lot from the inhabitants of Kyrgyzstan. According to the Kyrgyz, it was under their influence that visitors from Russia began to treat elders more respectfully, show hospitality, live more unitedly and solve problems together. Having partly absorbed traditional Eastern culture, Russians who grew up in Kyrgyzstan behave more tolerantly and more tactfully compared to other Russians. Our compatriots also learned Asian entrepreneurial spirit from the Kyrgyz.
3. The Kyrgyz people appreciate the Russian language
The Russian language in the Kyrgyz Republic has the status of an official language and is used almost on a par with the state Kyrgyz: “great and mighty” is spoken by 73% of the local population, it is taught even in rural schools. “We have a very small republic. Let's go to Tajikistan, to Russia – how are we going to talk there? Even Kazakhs and Uzbeks prefer to talk to us in Russian,” says a teacher from Bishkek. “There is no discrimination. Sometimes it seems that if you are Russian, then they talk to you more politely than to the Kyrgyz. Absolutely everyone speaks Russian,” Natalia, who moved to the Kyrgyz capital from Irkutsk this year, shares her impressions.
Knowledge of the Russian language helps migrants from Kyrgyzstan find a good job in Russia, and elderly Kyrgyz say: “Without Russian, you are nowhere!” At the same time, unpleasant incidents happen on the streets, in shops and transport: “When I asked the minibus driver to stop in Russian, he defiantly passed the stop,” says a resident of the Chui region.
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4. Russians cook tasty food
Kyrgyz people respect not only the Russian language, but also other components of our culture — the locals like Russian songs, they read Russian classics and watch Russian TV shows with pleasure. Russian cuisine has also found its place in Kyrgyzstan: in many cafes and restaurants they cook cabbage soup, Olivier salad and herring under a fur coat. According to polls, the Kyrgyz people like pancakes, Siberian dumplings, pies and okroshka the most of our national dishes.