Scandinavia and the World

Comments #9736749:

Say hello to my little friend 24 2, 5:13am


No, I know beards wasn't actually a big thing even in the USSR - but you have to remember that foreigners stereotype of your nation are always really dated.

In the rest of the world - at least the western world, which is what I know - the stereotype of a Russian is still a man with a full beard. That's why Humon depicts brother Russia like she does of course.

My idea with the mustache was to differentiate comrade Soviet Union more from brother Russia - I was thinking of Stalin's mustache, which is actually a more well know Soviet facial hair in the west then Lenin's beard, I believe.

Might not be a pleasant reminder for Russian readers though, unfortunately. But then I don't think German readers like to be reminded of their past that much either. :-(