Post by Oleg Smirnov
'Russian Germans' is a known community in the present day Germany. Most of
them came in the 1990s, after the end of the USSR. In the recent years, the
flow from the post-USSR has almost stopped, as it may be seen in the German
official data <http://clck.ru/Eemjv>. Today, the opposite 'back to Russia'
trend seems to be forming. I watched some YouTube videos where (and also in
the comments) the Russian Germans discuss why they have decided - or are in
process of deciding - to move back to Russia.
The below is a summary of their typical reasoning, as I've learned it.
Germany has not become their homeland, - after 15-20 years of the living in
the country they still cannot feel themselves 'at home' and cannot feel
comfortable while communicating with the aboriginals. Some say they finally
realized they are more Russian than German in their heart. However, most of
such people do not tend to accentuate ethnic identity in their reasoning.
Most of them appreciate the Russian internationalism, which they consider
related not only to the known Soviet internalionalist agenda but also to the
multiethnicity of the Russian Empire before the Soviets. Some say that the
modern German 'internationalism' is very different thing.
It's notable, the second point in their explanations, usually, is concern of
their children: almost all say they dislike the modern German schooling
because it makes children stupid and asocial, and indoctrinates them with
perverse values. They say the German adolescents are spending too much time
along with their smartphones and computers. Russian teenagers play with such
toys too, but the Russia's kids still spend more time in direct live
communication with their fellows, which contributes to better socialization.
Next common thing they point out is, the regular life in Germany is pretty
dull and insipid. Some (not many) even describe it 'depressive' or 'like in
a concentration camp'. Too much regulations and limitations, too much
bureaucracy, too much papers about everything, too high taxation and so on.
Russia provides much more individual freedom, it's easier to live the way
you like in Russia or start your own business. Some say they can not endure
the notorious Ordnung, some dislike the corporate/work culture in Germany.
Yet one issue many mention is that Germany has noticeably changed for the
last decades, and not for the better. Compared to the 1990s - when most of
them arrived in the country - the present day Germany is less safe and more
dirty (literally, more garbage everywhere). They also notice the '3rd world
immigration' but don't tend to call it the main factor. Rather, many say the
aboriginal Germans, in average, seem to become somewhat more angry and rude
themselves, and less friendly towards each other. In contrast, Russia is
greatly improved since the 1990s, and the combination of these trends makes
the re-repatriation back to Russia more attractive today.
One should also understand that these Russian Germans are peculiar not only
with regard to their Germanic descent (although there are quite many 'mixed'
ethnic types among them). The main reason why their ancestors once moved to
the Russian Empire was their desire for free space and self-employment since
the imperial government gave them desert lands and certain autonomy to their
settlements. It left an imprint on the character of their descendants, and
it explains the accents of those who choose to go back to Russia today. They
are not much interested in making a career in corporate environment or large
industries, they rather seek more personal freedom and less 'police state'.
It's also notable that a large part of those who've already moved to Russia
or express plans to do so, have chosen the Krasnodar (aka Kuban) area. It's
the Russian south of pretty nice warm climate and the post-Cossack cultural
environment <http://clck.ru/Eeooz>, in which the ethnic Germanic people of
the sort can integrate pretty well. The Russia's Kuban is currently booming,
in some part due to those 'sanctions', - they helped improve developments in
By the way, the Krasnodar area is where the notorious Martens family (which
fled the German police state mainly due to the compulsory sex education) is
now [seemingly] finally settled. The Atlanticist propaganda ridiculed their
erratic moves, and I myself wouldn't recommend migration to Russia to those
who had no Russia experience before and are not fluent in language. All this
still does not mean that such a 'progressive' compulsory education, intended
to undermine family, is not an issue. However, as I hinted above, for most
of the German re-repatriants to Russia it's not the only issue but rather
one of many issues that drive them to resettlement. Most of these people
seem to be apolitical, they plan to keep German citizenship, considering it
a useful option, and they do not tend to argue with the fetishized political
slogans but rather use practical and rational terms to describe things that
directly affect their lives and decisions, as I wrote above.
Here are some of those YouTube videos I took into account.
You should ask a Russian friend to retell you what they are talking about.
You can also read the watchers' comments through a machine translation. I do
not recommend Google because its translator makes some deliberate mistakes.
Post by Oleg Smirnov
Libya, migrants & karma ..
I don't believe a single word.