'Russians treat the law like a telegraph pole: you cannot jump over it, but you can go round it. It does not matter in the least what the law is about, because laws in principle cannot be good or useful to the man in the street. This is probably the only law every Russian would agree with. So, when you absolutely must not, but want to very much, you may.' Xenophobia is an irrational fear of foreigners, probably justified, always understandable. Xenophobe's Guides - an irreverent look at the beliefs and foibles of nations, almost guaranteed to cure Xenophobia.