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: