That it explains it!


I discovered Russian car cam videos a while back, and today I read an article that explains why all those crashes happen:

Russians have had trouble shaking off one stereotype for centuries: razgildyaistvo, or negligence and carelessness. Razgildyaistvo, some say, is as Russian as long, cold winters — a ­Russian institution of its own making.

How accurate is this stereotype?

Prominent historian and journalist Leonid Mlechin perhaps put it best: “Razgildyaistvo is part of the Russian character for the simple reason that Russians often have difficulty following rules and instructions. The Russian workplace is all too often defined by a lack of discipline and system of control.”

Now I understand the mindset that had led to some pretty mind boggling events behind the wheel. Here is just a sampling:

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