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21st Jul '17 9:07:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* Ivan Vanko in ''Film/IronMan 2'' is very fond of his vodka. Even the burd loves vodka. His father wasn't so alcoholic until he [[spoiler:was forced out of the US by Howard Stark for trying to profit off the Arc Reactor research]]. After that he turned to alcohol to numb the pain of being forced to live out his days in Siberia and died a drunken mess.

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* Ivan Vanko in ''Film/IronMan 2'' ''Film/IronMan2'' is very fond of his vodka. Even the burd loves vodka. His father wasn't so alcoholic until he [[spoiler:was forced out of the US by Howard Stark for trying to profit off the Arc Reactor research]]. After that he turned to alcohol to numb the pain of being forced to live out his days in Siberia and died a drunken mess.
21st Jul '17 9:03:06 AM Morgenthaler
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** Alcoholism is a plot-relevant off-"screen" detail in ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'': The wife of the renegade submarine captain Ramius died of complications from appendicitis. The doctor that was to perform the surgery was drunk, and while breathing pure oxygen to try to sober up her appendix burst. The still-inebriated doctor fumbled the surgery to remove the burst organ, resulting in the death of the wife of Ramius. Ramius' dissatisfaction with the Soviet state started at this point, when the surgeon wasn't punished [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections because he was the son of a high-ranking party official]]. [[note]]Some people have complained that the captain of a Soviet ballistic missile submarine is too important a position too let this slip that easily � in a somewhat similar RealLife incident in 1985, when a bunch of drunk {{Dirty Cop}}s robbed and murdered a [[UsefulNotes/MoscowCentre KGB]] officer on the UsefulNotes/MoscowMetro, the scandal went high enough as to end in the all-powerful Minister of Interior Shelepin's resignation, but the book ''was'' written decades before the Iron Curtain came down and the [[ArtisticLicense details of the Soviet political life became known to the trillers' authors]].[[/note]]

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** Alcoholism is a plot-relevant off-"screen" detail in ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'': The wife of the renegade submarine captain Ramius died of complications from appendicitis. The doctor that was to perform the surgery was drunk, and while breathing pure oxygen to try to sober up her appendix burst. The still-inebriated doctor fumbled the surgery to remove the burst organ, resulting in the death of the wife of Ramius. Ramius' dissatisfaction with the Soviet state started at this point, when the surgeon wasn't punished [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections because he was the son of a high-ranking party official]]. [[note]]Some people have complained that the captain of a Soviet ballistic missile submarine is too important a position too let this slip that easily -- in a somewhat similar RealLife incident in 1985, when a bunch of drunk {{Dirty Cop}}s robbed and murdered a [[UsefulNotes/MoscowCentre KGB]] officer on the UsefulNotes/MoscowMetro, the scandal went high enough as to end in the all-powerful Minister of Interior Shelepin's resignation, but the book ''was'' written decades before the Iron Curtain came down and the [[ArtisticLicense details of the Soviet political life became known to the trillers' authors]].[[/note]]



** Or, alternately, it might be a contraction of "razvodka" or "dilution" � a crucial step in its production, as when vodka was still produced by distillation, both first and second distillation were diluted in half (by weight) with spring water, ending with the 38-39% abv strength, from which the now traditional 40% abv ultimately derives.

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** Or, alternately, it might be a contraction of "razvodka" or "dilution" -- a crucial step in its production, as when vodka was still produced by distillation, both first and second distillation were diluted in half (by weight) with spring water, ending with the 38-39% abv strength, from which the now traditional 40% abv ultimately derives.



* A [[https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/06/robbie-williams-right-russians-party news article]] on the controversy over RobbieWilliams' "Party Like a Russian" (see Music section above) cited that Russians are "ridiculously good partiers" who "[[UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia have lived under]] [[RedOctober unpredictable]] [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn governments for]] [[TheNewRussia generations]]" and that "they party like there�s no tomorrow because [[ScrewTheWarWerePartying there may very well not be one]]."

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* A [[https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/06/robbie-williams-right-russians-party news article]] on the controversy over RobbieWilliams' "Party Like a Russian" (see Music section above) cited that Russians are "ridiculously good partiers" who "[[UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia have lived under]] [[RedOctober unpredictable]] [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn governments for]] [[TheNewRussia generations]]" and that "they party like there�s there's no tomorrow because [[ScrewTheWarWerePartying there may very well not be one]]."
21st Jul '17 9:01:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''Franchise/LoveLive'' fanfic ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/6594247 Flowers Dressed In Vodka]]'', the half-Russian and half-Japanese Eli suffers from [[TheAlcoholic alcoholism]]. Eli is [[DomesticAbuse abusive towards her girlfriend]] Hanayo while drunk. Both Hanayo and Eli realize that Eli needs to do something about her illness however Eli prefers to shove it under the rug and keep it a secret. This comes to a head when [[spoiler:Eli beats Hanayo so badly due to [[MistakenForCheating mistaking her for cheating]] that the police are called in, she's arrested, Hanayo is put in the hospital for a concussion, and their friends learn of their issues]]. Afterwards Hanayo tells Eli that she [[spoiler:either needs to go to rehab or she'll press charges]], and the two [[spoiler:take a break from their relationship]].

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* In the ''Franchise/LoveLive'' fanfic ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/6594247 Flowers Dressed In Vodka]]'', the half-Russian and half-Japanese Eli suffers from [[TheAlcoholic alcoholism]]. Eli is [[DomesticAbuse abusive towards her girlfriend]] Hanayo while drunk. Both Hanayo and Eli realize that Eli needs to do something about her illness however Eli prefers to shove it under the rug and keep it a secret. This comes to a head when [[spoiler:Eli beats Hanayo so badly due to [[MistakenForCheating mistaking her for cheating]] that the police are called in, she's arrested, Hanayo is put in the hospital for a concussion, and their friends learn of their issues]]. Afterwards Hanayo tells Eli that she [[spoiler:either needs to go to rehab or she'll press charges]], and the two [[spoiler:take a break from their relationship]].

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** Alcoholism is a plot-relevant off-"screen" detail in ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'': The wife of the renegade submarine captain Ramius died of complications from appendicitis. The doctor that was to perform the surgery was drunk, and while breathing pure oxygen to try to sober up her appendix burst. The still-inebriated doctor fumbled the surgery to remove the burst organ, resulting in the death of the wife of Ramius. Ramius' dissatisfaction with the Soviet state started at this point, when the surgeon wasn't punished [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections because he was the son of a high-ranking party official]]. [[note]]Some people have complained that the captain of a Soviet ballistic missile submarine is too important a position too let this slip that easily — in a somewhat similar RealLife incident in 1985, when a bunch of drunk {{Dirty Cop}}s robbed and murdered a [[UsefulNotes/MoscowCentre KGB]] officer on the UsefulNotes/MoscowMetro, the scandal went high enough as to end in the all-powerful Minister of Interior Shelepin's resignation, but the book ''was'' written decades before the Iron Curtain came down and the [[ArtisticLicense details of the Soviet political life became known to the trillers' authors]].[[/note]]

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** Alcoholism is a plot-relevant off-"screen" detail in ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'': The wife of the renegade submarine captain Ramius died of complications from appendicitis. The doctor that was to perform the surgery was drunk, and while breathing pure oxygen to try to sober up her appendix burst. The still-inebriated doctor fumbled the surgery to remove the burst organ, resulting in the death of the wife of Ramius. Ramius' dissatisfaction with the Soviet state started at this point, when the surgeon wasn't punished [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections because he was the son of a high-ranking party official]]. [[note]]Some people have complained that the captain of a Soviet ballistic missile submarine is too important a position too let this slip that easily in a somewhat similar RealLife incident in 1985, when a bunch of drunk {{Dirty Cop}}s robbed and murdered a [[UsefulNotes/MoscowCentre KGB]] officer on the UsefulNotes/MoscowMetro, the scandal went high enough as to end in the all-powerful Minister of Interior Shelepin's resignation, but the book ''was'' written decades before the Iron Curtain came down and the [[ArtisticLicense details of the Soviet political life became known to the trillers' authors]].[[/note]]



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** Or, alternately, it might be a contraction of "razvodka" or "dilution" — a crucial step in its production, as when vodka was still produced by distillation, both first and second distillation were diluted in half (by weight) with spring water, ending with the 38-39% abv strength, from which the now traditional 40% abv ultimately derives.

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** Or, alternately, it might be a contraction of "razvodka" or "dilution" a crucial step in its production, as when vodka was still produced by distillation, both first and second distillation were diluted in half (by weight) with spring water, ending with the 38-39% abv strength, from which the now traditional 40% abv ultimately derives.



* A [[https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/06/robbie-williams-right-russians-party news article]] on the controversy over RobbieWilliams' "Party Like a Russian" (see Music section above) cited that Russians are "ridiculously good partiers" who "[[UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia have lived under]] [[RedOctober unpredictable]] [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn governments for]] [[TheNewRussia generations]]" and that "they party like there’s no tomorrow because [[ScrewTheWarWerePartying there may very well not be one]]."

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* A [[https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/06/robbie-williams-right-russians-party news article]] on the controversy over RobbieWilliams' "Party Like a Russian" (see Music section above) cited that Russians are "ridiculously good partiers" who "[[UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia have lived under]] [[RedOctober unpredictable]] [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn governments for]] [[TheNewRussia generations]]" and that "they party like there’s there�s no tomorrow because [[ScrewTheWarWerePartying there may very well not be one]]."


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15th Jul '17 4:07:08 PM nombretomado
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* ''The Bridge to Holy Cross'' by Paullina Simons. The female protagonist, a former Russian nurse who's come to the United States, is going to travel with a Red Cross team into the Soviet Zone in [[WW2 now-conquered Germany]]. Her superior complains about the amount of booze she's packed.

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* ''The Bridge to Holy Cross'' by Paullina Simons. The female protagonist, a former Russian nurse who's come to the United States, is going to travel with a Red Cross team into the Soviet Zone in [[WW2 [[UsefulNotes/WW2 now-conquered Germany]]. Her superior complains about the amount of booze she's packed.



* WorldWarII took this to an institutionalized level, with each Soviet soldier being entitled to the famous hundred grams of vodka daily. A common practice was that the men in a unit would pool their rations and take turns drinking themselves to stupefaction. While this liquid courage was no small virtue in an army that suffered 8 million dead, it also meant that at any given moment a large portion of the Red Army was tanked off its ass, with all the fun things implied in having a huge number of drunk men with guns and vehicles. On top of that, their German adversaries are hopped up on methamphetamine and [[PsychoSerum other experimental narcotics]]. No one dares to venture the Eastern Front sober.

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* WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII took this to an institutionalized level, with each Soviet soldier being entitled to the famous hundred grams of vodka daily. A common practice was that the men in a unit would pool their rations and take turns drinking themselves to stupefaction. While this liquid courage was no small virtue in an army that suffered 8 million dead, it also meant that at any given moment a large portion of the Red Army was tanked off its ass, with all the fun things implied in having a huge number of drunk men with guns and vehicles. On top of that, their German adversaries are hopped up on methamphetamine and [[PsychoSerum other experimental narcotics]]. No one dares to venture the Eastern Front sober.



* In a subversion one Russian agent during WorldWarII was sent to get into a {{drinking contest}} with a Turkish dignitary. However pretty soon the Russian was babbling like an idiot and the Turk was gleefully recording everything; Turks, being brought up on the [[GargleBlaster formidable]] Raki (nicknamed Lion's Milk), know how to handle drink. For reference, Raki, due to its high anis contents, will turn milk-like opaque emulsion when water is added. "High", here, meaning ''over 50% alcohol.''

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* In a subversion one Russian agent during WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII was sent to get into a {{drinking contest}} with a Turkish dignitary. However pretty soon the Russian was babbling like an idiot and the Turk was gleefully recording everything; Turks, being brought up on the [[GargleBlaster formidable]] Raki (nicknamed Lion's Milk), know how to handle drink. For reference, Raki, due to its high anis contents, will turn milk-like opaque emulsion when water is added. "High", here, meaning ''over 50% alcohol.''
26th Jun '17 10:29:53 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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* An amusing bit of trivia is that the word for "grape" is the same as the word for "vineyard" in Russian: ''vinograd''. As in, the default context the Russian language affords to the grape is that it's where wine comes from ("Can you also eat them?" "''Probably''.").

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* An amusing bit of trivia is that the word for "grape" is the same as the word for "vineyard" in Russian: ''vinograd''. As in, the default context the Russian language affords to the grape is that it's where wine comes from ("Can you also eat them?" "''Probably''."Eh, ''probably''.").
26th Jun '17 10:29:28 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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* An amusing bit of trivia is that the word for "grape" is the same as the word for "vineyard" in Russian: ''vinograd''. As in, the default context the Russian language affords to the grape is that it's where wine comes from ("Can you also eat them?" "Eh, ''maybe''.").

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* An amusing bit of trivia is that the word for "grape" is the same as the word for "vineyard" in Russian: ''vinograd''. As in, the default context the Russian language affords to the grape is that it's where wine comes from ("Can you also eat them?" "Eh, ''maybe''."''Probably''.").
25th Jun '17 3:47:00 PM StrixObscuro
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* In ''[[Literature/HisDarkMaterial The Amber Spyglass]]'', Will at one point ends up in the care of a very drunk Russian priest while searching for Lyra.

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* In ''[[Literature/HisDarkMaterial ''[[Literature/HisDarkMaterials The Amber Spyglass]]'', Will at one point ends up in the care of a very drunk Russian priest while searching for Lyra.
25th Jun '17 3:46:19 PM StrixObscuro
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* In ''ComicBook/RisingStars'', Jason is able to steal almost all of Russia's nuclear arsenal because the men assigned to guard it are hammered.



** Case in point, the ''PeculiaritiesOfTheNationalHunt'', a film where a group of men (all of which as Russian except for a young Finnish man studying Russian customs) go hunting, only to spend several days mostly drinking. One of the men is an army general, so when the hunting party forgets several crates of vodka, his men have them airlifted via helicopter. The Finnish guy even asks his friend when they're actually going to to hunt something. An interesting twist is that the Finnish man keeps dreaming of an old-fashioned Tsarist hunt, involving dogs, horses, and dozens of men, who, despite also drinking, actually do hunt. Rather ironic considering that Finns are also stereotyped as heavy drinkers - sometimes by the Russians themselves. The film was followed by three other ''Peculiarities of the National...'' films. The second film involved fishing, the third had another hunt, and the fourth was about politics. All of which, naturally, involve a lot of drinking.

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** Case in point, the ''PeculiaritiesOfTheNationalHunt'', ''Film/PeculiaritiesOfTheNationalHunt'', a film where a group of men (all of which as Russian except for a young Finnish man studying Russian customs) go hunting, only to spend several days mostly drinking. One of the men is an army general, so when the hunting party forgets several crates of vodka, his men have them airlifted via helicopter. The Finnish guy even asks his friend when they're actually going to to hunt something. An interesting twist is that the Finnish man keeps dreaming of an old-fashioned Tsarist hunt, involving dogs, horses, and dozens of men, who, despite also drinking, actually do hunt. Rather ironic considering that Finns are also stereotyped as heavy drinkers - sometimes by the Russians themselves. The film was followed by three other ''Peculiarities of the National...'' films. The second film involved fishing, the third had another hunt, and the fourth was about politics. All of which, naturally, involve a lot of drinking.




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* In ''[[Literature/HisDarkMaterial The Amber Spyglass]]'', Will at one point ends up in the care of a very drunk Russian priest while searching for Lyra.
25th Jun '17 3:23:06 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* An amusing bit of trivia is that the word for "grape" is the same as the word for "vineyard" in Russian: ''vinograd''. As in, the default context the Russian language affords to the grape is that it's where wine comes from ("Can you also eat them?" "Eh, maybe.").

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* An amusing bit of trivia is that the word for "grape" is the same as the word for "vineyard" in Russian: ''vinograd''. As in, the default context the Russian language affords to the grape is that it's where wine comes from ("Can you also eat them?" "Eh, maybe.''maybe''.").
25th Jun '17 3:17:47 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* An amusing bit of trivia is that the word for "grape" is the same as the word for "vineyard" in Russian: ''vinograd''. As in, the only default context the Russian language affords to grapes is that they are where wine comes from ("Can you also eat them?" "Eh, maybe.").

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* An amusing bit of trivia is that the word for "grape" is the same as the word for "vineyard" in Russian: ''vinograd''. As in, the only default context the Russian language affords to grapes the grape is that they are it's where wine comes from ("Can you also eat them?" "Eh, maybe.").
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