Americans living long term in Russia

Almost everyone in the United States has met – or knows – at least one so-called “Russian-American”. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, dozens of these hyphenated citizens have appeared in big cities and small towns. What is much less known is the “American-Russian” phenomenon.

This term refers to an American citizen who has voluntarily left his country to live long-term in Russia. This term applies to the hybrid creature writing this article.

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<p>Due to circumstances called “life”, I chose to live and work in Moscow for 25 years and have just returned to my home country.  I am representative of a new breed for sure;  one that will grow in number over time.  </p>
<p>Disillusioned with their life in America or just curious about life in Russia, this new breed could play a useful role in bridging the gap between Russia and America in these highly contentious and dangerous times, if the parties involved decide to use the knowledge obtained by these hybrid creatures.  That’s a big “if” of course. </p>
<p>Solidly socialized in America and then resocialized in Russia, this hybrid citizen has assimilated opposing values ​​which sometimes overlap and intersect, but which nevertheless come from different states of consciousness.  Living long-term in Russia has allowed us to understand how and why Americans and Russians see things differently.  We are able to entertain two opposite thoughts at the same time without going crazy… I think. </p>
<p>To quote a “Canadian-American” hybrid, we “look at life from both sides now.”  It is both a reward and a punishment – a wonderful blessing and a terrible curse. </p>
<p>It is a reward and a blessing because our understanding of human behavior has been enhanced by perceiving reality in stereo.  In our consciousness you might say “the two met”.</p>
<p>It is both a punishment and a curse because we know that Russians and Americans will never agree.  To borrow the terminology of the famous anthropologist Ruth Benedict, Russians are mostly “Dionysian” and Americans are mostly “Apollonian”.  </p>
<p>We know that the American spirit and the Russian soul will never easily coexist because we ourselves live a bicultural schizoid life filled with inner contradictions and epistemological tensions. </p>
<p>I’m sure Russian Americans also share this condition.</p>
<p>Perhaps this dialectic of consciousness will produce a synthesis heralding a higher state of consciousness.  Time will tell us.  But we may be running out of this precious commodity as the Russian and US governments engage in a geopolitical cat-and-mouse game that threatens the survival of the cat-and-mouse. </p>
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