I hate Russia.
I hate my country. I always did.
I hate the Russian school system. I was afraid of my teachers because they psychologically harassed me as a kid. When I was 12 and had just moved to Russia after living in California for two years, I asked the teacher if she could stop yelling at us. I was so nervous about doing it, I cried. When the lesson started, the teacher asked me to stand up and made fun of me. “Look at him, pretending he’s smarter than me, better than me,” she said. The whole class laughed, and I desperately wanted to disappear by falling through the floor.