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Imports versus Domestic

Questions for discussion:

  1. Have the sanctions affected you? If so, in what way ? 
  2. Have you seen the impact of of food import bans? 
  3. Why do you think people prefer Western products (food/cars/electronics)?
  4. Do you think sanctions were reasonably imposed by the west?

  5. Do you think sanctions are here to stay? 
  6. Do you prefer to holiday abroad? If so why or why not? 

Movies

Questions for discussion:

  1. What are your favorite movies? Explain why. 
  2. Do you think big budget movies are tasteless? 
  3. Do you prefer independent films or main stream cinema? 
  4. What are your favorite genres of cinema  and why? 
  5. Do you prefer watching movies in the original language? 
  6. Do you think Russian cinema is under appreciated globally? 
  7. What are some of your favorite actors? 
  8. Who is your favorite director and why? 
  9. Do you watch more movies or TV series?

Gennady Agrest, Discussion Leader:

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Don't let the name fool you :) I was raised, educated and have worked in the UK and the USA all my life (hence I can help fine tune that British accent or Brooklyn twang of yours). I am also not a crocodile, for those of you that were wondering. Based in Moscow for the time being. I have been fortunate to have traveled for work and leisure to over 40 countries. I work in commodities markets. I look forward to discussing multiple topics with all of you, be it the economy, politics, traveling etc. 

Alcohol

Questions for discussion:

  1. Is it possible to balance alcohol consumption and a healthy lifestyle?
  2. What is your favorite alcoholic beverage?
  3. Should parents be able to determine drinking age for their children before the age of 18 (as opposed to the government controlling this)?
  4. Drink driving: in some countries it’s ok to drink a little before driving. Is it possible to have similar law in Russia? Why or why not?

Stereotypes about Russians

List of stereotypes:

  1. All wealthy Russians are gangsters or had made their money illegally
  2. All Russian politicians are corrupt. 
  3. Russian women are the most beautiful.
  4. Russian men are alcoholics.
  5. Russians are unfriendly and never smile. 

Should gay marriages be legalized?

Reading:

Gay marriage declared legal across the US in historic supreme court ruling

Same-sex marriages are now legal across the entirety of the United States after a historic supreme court ruling that declared attempts by conservative states to ban them unconstitutional.

In what may prove the most important civil rights case in a generation, five of the nine court justices determined that the right to marriage equality was enshrined under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment.

Will Virtual Reality Remove The Need For Travel?

Reading: 

Would you ever take a virtual vacation?

VIRTUAL REALITY TECHNOLOGY is changing, and fast. Soon to hit the market, Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset which is worn like a pair of oversized goggles and, while still being refined, is already available to the public. Made to connect to computers and mobile devices, it gives users a 3D experience and allows them to feel like they’re walking around inside a virtual world.

Should cannabis be legalised?

Reading: 

The National Cancer Institute Says Cannabis Kills Cancer

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) updated its website to include various studies revealing how cannabis may inhibit tumor growth by killing cells, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. The institute also said that cannabis does this while protecting healthy cells.

NCI released the following statement after updating its website:

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