Russia On My Mind: Being Polite

posted 2 Oct 2012, 12:31 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 2 Oct 2012, 14:53 ]
2 October 2012

I was getting into a train at Kursk metro station when I heard the usual recorded voice saying, ‘Be polite to other passengers.’ Though I’ve heard this voice many times, for some reason this particular day it struck me as odd. After all, can one be told to be polite? The idea of being polite by compulsion, on instruction, seems to contradict the very notion of politeness. [Read more]