It is believed that the Soviets are not big on smiling. And even though we at Bears&Vodka aim at destroying most of the stereotypes by showing you the Russian reality, this time we got browbeat… in a very Soviet way.
Yes, David, Minsk isn’t Russia. Hold on there tight, Phoebe
Meet Vitaly Zelkovsky, dweller of Minsk, Belarus. Even though Minsk is in the neighboring country of Belarus, he still grew up in Soviet Union, so the differences in people are virtually inexistent. He could have easily been from Chelyabinsk.
In any other region of the world, his stone-dead pokerface would seem too surreal and the photos would most likely be photoshopped. But knowing the imprint that post-Soviet reality leaves on people’s faces, we choose to believe that photos are genuine. At least his Vkontakte (Russian Facebook) page seems real. See for yourselves.