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One company offers a single account unifying person’s medical information from various sources – hospitals and clinics, both public and private.

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Indonesians haven’t felt themselves discriminated in Russia. Their campus is a multicultural environment; Isa makes friends with different people from different countries.

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Times are harder now of course, because taxes have become much higher. But it doesn’t matter because Russia will take care of our little spot here.

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Another interesting addition worth mentioning is that, during our class presentation the day before, a colleague cited ‘borsch’ soup as an example. As a special meal, I was told it’s a great Russian dish.

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For all its differences, Kazan still shares a lot with Russian culture. The people of Kazan drink compote and tea. They offer the same warmth, openness, and Russian hospitality.

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One of the locals told us that this was all part of the celebrations for the Victory Day parade. There were also several newly wedded couples taking photographs in this area and around the Kremlin.

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The registration office gave me two options: either go to a hotel tonight and register there or leave the country. Sounds quite drastic, right?

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I felt like an intruder as I was so curious at the same time. As it is so different than in my own country, The Netherlands, I wanted to ask about everything, take a look and just observe how people behaved.

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In warm countries they change friends easier, because of the mentality like «ok, this summer I share your views, next summer I have other interests». But the Russian soul is very sensitive and vulnerable.

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Here, amid the birch tree forests along the shores of the Volkhov, wooden churches, houses, and storage buildings are preserved to show how Russians of old used to live.