OREANDA-NEWS. According to RIA Novosti, Tuvia Tenenbohm, American playwright and journalist wrote in his article for National Review that he was astonished at the bravery of Russians during the period of pandemic and tried to explain Russian citizens' strength.

As journalist was observing, while people in the West are afraid of dying from COVID-19, the number of public places - cafes, restaurants and shopping malls are open in Moscow. He saw a lot of people on the streets and in public transport, and was amazed at the bravery of the Russian citizens. Tuvia Tenenbohm paid attention to the surprising fact that the Russian police at the entrance to the metro observe that people are wearing  masks, but many Russians take them off after they got inside.

The journalist also found some contradictions in today's Russian everyday life. For example, he was not allowed to attend church services, because the police explained that it was dangerous to gather a great number of citizens in one place. But at the same time, people in Moscow go on attending GUM and cultural performances, without any fear of being infected, unlike the inhabitants of his native country.

In his article, Tuvia Tenenbohm writes that being Russian means living with feelings and hopes, not logic and dry facts. “They are people, not computers, and that's their strength,” explained Tenenbohm.

According to the journalist, he came to Russia to take a break from the constant fear of the epidemic, as well as the political battles between Donald Trump and Joseph Biden, and he succeeded. Tenenbohm concluded that he fell in love with Russia and its people.