The Russians were lying drunk under the hotel and swearing: Zabuzhko shares her impressions of her trip to Latvia
Ukrainian writer Oksana Zabuzhko told how she encountered drunken Russians in Latvia. The Ukrainian went to Riga to present her translated book The Longest Journey. At the hotel, she witnessed the inappropriate behavior of Russian citizens outside her room.
By the way, the writer has repeatedly noticed that Russians feel "at home" in Latvia. Oksana Zabuzhko shared her impressions of the trip on Facebook (scroll to the bottom of the page to see the photos).
The Ukrainian woman had an unpleasant incident in the very center of the city. In her hotel room, she heard drunken people shouting and swearing in Russian outside her window.
One of the Russian immigrants was already lying on the ground, and his more steady companion tried to lift the first one to his feet until the desire to smoke won out. Asking the local youth if they had any cigarettes, the Russian shouted, "Guys, somebody give me a cigarette."
"I haven't seen Russians in the wild for a long time. I did not realize that they feel so much at home in Latvia. A taxi driver at the airport asked my publisher to speak Russian as a matter of course, because he said he didn't speak Latvian very well. And so, every step of the way, it is Latvians who switch to the language of the "discriminated minority," not Russians to theirs," the writer said.
Oksana Zabuzhko summarized that she now understands why Latvia is the country that has begun to translate Ukrainian literature most actively compared to other Baltic countries. According to the Ukrainian woman, Latvians were afraid when a full-scale war with the Russians broke out in Ukraine.
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL wrote that Russian tourists in many countries face disrespectful attitudes. To avoid angry looks and fair words, Russians have invented a mean and cynical "life hack" - pretending to be Ukrainians.