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Russian Culture Association Chair Rimma Rizayeva says a new generation of children emerging from Turkish-Russian marriages would act as a cultural bridge between the two nations in the future

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The children of Turkish-Russian couples will bring the two nations together, says Russian Cultural Center chair.

The children of Turkish-Russian couples will bring the two nations together, says Russian Cultural Center chair.

Vercihan Ziflioğlu Vercihan Ziflioğlu vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr

Marriages between Turks and Russians, which have increased a great degree over the last 20 years, have been helping boost relations between the two countries, according to a Russian cultural official.

Russian Education, Culture and Cooperation Association Executive Chair Rimma Rizayeva told the Hürriyet Daily News that a new generation of children emerging from Turkish-Russian marriages would act as a cultural bridge between the two nations in the future.

Established seven years ago, the Russian Cultural Center provides legal support to Russian women in Turkey who are going through a divorce or have other kinds of problems, with the help of Russian lawyer Alona Smirnova, who graduated from a Turkish university.

When asked about the divorce rate between Turkish and Russian couples, Rizayeva said: “The first marriages made 20 years ago were more problematic since they married before getting to know each other’s cultures and thus resulted in disappointments. But now the people who have received a higher education consciously marry each other. Of course, divorces may happen, but it could happen in every relationship.”

Rizayeva also said children from these marriages needed an education comprised of both Turkish and Russian cultural aspects. “Schools [that offer such subjects] will form a bridge between the two countries.”

Tatiana Uzunay, a Russian woman who graduated from St. Petersburg University and recently married a Turkish businessman, said she was irritated by prejudices that had caused some troubles in her social life.

“The wife of my husband’s best friend does not want to see us merely because I am Russian; this is very irritating. I want to change the bad reputation of Russian women,” she said.

“I am happy to be married to a Turk,” she said. “I would like to say that neither Turks nor Russians know each other well. Russians only see Turkey as a cheap country to have a vacation, but Turkey has much more than that; I want to be a cultural envoy.”

Russians living in Turkey largely demand their own schools and churches in cities such as Istanbul, Antalya and Alanya.

The association’s deputy head, Karani Çakır, said they negotiated with authorities in Ankara and the Turkish-Russian Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group with regard to building a school.

After the countries of the Eastern bloc collapsed at the beginning of the 1990s, women from Russia started shuttle-trading in Turkey; some of them were involved in prostitution. Thereafter, Russian women began being called “Natasha” among Turks, which came to mean “prostitute” in colloquial language. “In our hard times, our women came to Turkey and engaged in the shuttle trade, and there were also prostitutes among them. But it is very offensive to name all Russian women as ‘Natashas,’” she said.

December/06/2012

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Roxy R

12/9/2012 12:57:25 AM

MR Somalia, you crack me every time with your muslim comments seriously! LOL

Ali Karp

12/8/2012 6:08:49 AM

Wait and see. Putin will put an end to all this nonsense.

MR Somalia

12/7/2012 9:38:10 AM

Red Tail, I don't discuss my private life but I know what I am talking about. I have travelled fair bit and seen all kinds. It is an insult to compare decent and Muslim Turkish girls to money crazy Ruski. I like my women Muslim regardless of color, race, as long as she faces Mekkah, we are on the same team.

Ummah Muslim

12/6/2012 10:30:32 PM

It is better to marry Arabs. Because with them we can begin to construct a new islamic empire.

mara mcglothin

12/6/2012 8:45:14 PM

TURK UZAN The grass is always greener. I wonder how many of the Turkish girls who said they would marry Turkish is because of parental pressure??? I hate all the racists comments on this page. As an American very much in love with my Turkish husband still after 30 years, I do take offense. DOGAN While I love my husband, he is not the normal Turk to be sure. He had traveled the World and alreaday knew it didn't revolove around Turkey.

ismail demir

12/6/2012 6:42:27 PM

JRC, Russia is far richer country than Turkey.The all mixed marriages I know are between average income Turkish males with Russian females.Improving economic situation is not the relevant issue here.

ismail demir

12/6/2012 6:26:31 PM

@kio, I suppose in greek rusian intermarriages, greek sides are male too.What greeks find solution to same issue?

Turk Uzan

12/6/2012 6:17:18 PM

@ Red Tail, wow, you're like one of those self hating jews .. except that you're a self hating Turk... I know tons of well educated Turkish girls who exclusively date Turkish men and would never even consider a foreigner. Get over your inferiority complex, I've dated a TON of Dutch girls (studying in the Netherlands) and they all said the same thing about Dutch guys. I've dated german, dutch, indonesian, rusian, greek, polish, hungarian etc etc. and for me nothing compares to a Turkish girl

Fred Doyle

12/6/2012 5:35:31 PM

@ Red Tail Totally agree! My wife is a Turk and when I met her girlfriends in Istanbul they all wanted to know if I had any single friends. These are BEAUTIFUL, well educated women, but they did NOT want to marry a Turkish man. JRC JRC doing it to improve there situation? These women worked very hard and do not want to take a back seat to Turkish men, just because they are women? They want more for their future daughters, in the increasingly uncertain times in Turkey. The future scares them

Red Tail

12/6/2012 3:38:48 PM

Dogan you, who have lived for 50 years in UK, write "the desirability of Turkish men who are saught after internationally by women.". I dont know how many female well educated female friends in Istanbul I have met who complain that they want to marry a foreigner because the do not find Turkish men attractive at all. I am also a Turkish woman and I decided to marry a Dutch man who is a real gentle man. Turkish men do not do anything at home, they are fat and have no personal style. Sorry to tell.
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