It’s reminiscent of the classic orientalist model of the east: the cruel, vain, impetuous sultan may strangle civil society, but, compared to the buttoned-up west, it is a land of adventure and boundless possibility.
It’s not a completely false portrait and some things are just not going to change.
The photostory’s success can be attributed to its fusion of two viral favourites: the dating site freakshow and Mother Russia, the inscrutable and inebriated land of dashcams and dancing bears.
As with a lot of recent virals, the lure for punters is the promise of something weird and inexplicable — fresh meme-meat for a jaded online audience.
He apologized for making her uncomfortable, while simultaneously demanding an explanation for her lack of contact and telling her that he had drafted a "1500 word diatribe 'putting you in your place,'" which he had never sent.