When I tell you I’m Russian, what crosses your mind?

Vodka? War and Peace? Crime and Punishment? Putin? Gorbachev? Perestroika? Russian hackers and maybe even Trump? Russian Soviet-era ice hockey? Russian accent? Russian athletes? Sharapova? Kurnikova? Alexei Sorokin on Medium?

Ok, maybe not the latter, not yet. But one day…

Let me share what shapes my Russian identity. Now I’m a “fake” Russian. Recently I was having dinner with a friend whose wife is Japanese. My friend is South African but spent his youth in England for education (just like I did —…