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6 “Russian” things you’re boycotting that aren’t actually Russian


6 “Russian” things you’re boycotting that aren’t actually Russian 

I get it, we're all pretty upset about the actions of Russia against the Ukraine. There have been sanctions, Starbucks, Coca-Cola and McDonald's have left Russia and here in America, citizens are boycotting Russian products. The only problem is, a lot of the "Russian" things we're boycotting aren't really Russian at all. Let's take a look at some:

Vodka- NOTHING is more Russian than vodka right? Wrong. In fact, only about 1% of vodka in the U.S. is Russian. Smirnoff? Nope, it's bottled in Illinois. Stoli? Uh-uh, despite the Russian-sounding name, Stoli is Latvian

White/Black Russian cocktails- it has Russian RIGHT IN THE NAME! Sorry, the Black Russian (vodka and Kahlua) was invented by an American at an Army base in Germany. Couldn't be LESS Russian

Russian Dressing- isn't actually Russian at all. The spicy mayo/ketchup mix, which is more of a sandwich spread than a "dressing" was invented in New Hampshire in 1924

Nesting Dolls- everyone knows those are Russian right? Also known as "Russian dolls", they HAVE to come from Russia right? Wrong. They were invented in Japan

Borscht- this soup that can be served hot or cold, is made from beets and other vegetables and served with sour cream. While borscht has strong TIES to Russia (and Poland), it's origin is in the Ukraine

See? It turns out we're boycotting a lot of stuff that isn't even Russian and missing out on some great things! Except borscht, you can keep that and see more here

Source: https://lifehacker.com/

Photos: https://giphy.com/


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