Nightlife Babe Scores On "Russian Dolls" Reality Show

A dose of reality from Brighton Beach

Me: Except Kim Kardashian.

Levitis: I like the Kardashians and I like the Housewives, but our show will beat them all. We have a piece of the Kardashians, a piece of the Housewives, a little bit of Jersey Shore, and maybe even a little of the Mob Wives. All of that together will make us number one.

Me: Za vashe zdorovye!

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Ramona Fuller
Ramona Fuller

i cant believe this!! me and my sister just got two i-pads for $42.77 each and a $50 amazon card for $9. the stores want to keep this a secret and they dont tell you.go here, www.tinyurl.com/3qa436v

???
???

How come no mention of her husband's CRIMINAL activities?

semechka
semechka

I like her usage of the word "opulence." Clearly, she has it.

Inna0920
Inna0920

First she said EVERYWHERE that it will be like Jersey Shore, now she says it is totally different. I live in Sheepsheadbay and I am a Russian American who is 27, most of the people I know (thank G-d) are nothing like the girls in the show. We study hard, work full time and our parents came here for totally different reasons, antisemitism was the biggest reason.... Please, guys don't judge all the Russian girls and guys based on what you see in this show. Oh and I happen to know Marina and her husband Michael for a loooong time....but I won't comment on that :)

PS This is not one of your haters, don't be flattered

Maria Diana
Maria Diana

why are you leaving out that you're Jewish as well?

Guest
Guest

She looks like someone who would get kicked in the face and knocked out (right before she was about to board a seaplane to San Tropez with a sackful of stolen diamonds) at the end of an episode of Charlie's Angels.

Jes
Jes

What does it even mean for her to marry within the community? Although she is labelled as a Russian doll and she speaks Russian, her last name suggests that she is Jewish and Brighton Beach was in fact a Russian Jewish neighbourhood. So does she her kids to marry a Russian Jew? That's a bit too limiting if you ask me.

Cassandra
Cassandra

Jess, that's what immigrants do...want their children to marry within the community and for good reason. Didn't you see The Godfather 2? Marrying a non-Italian like Kate turned out to be a big mistake for Michael Corleone.

Fania Spv
Fania Spv

yes, it has to be a russian jew, because god forbid one of these fat cows with clown makeup that you see on the boardwalk don't understand what their future son-in-law is saying. let him be a limo driver, "nu hataba on ruski"( but at least he's russian).

I used to work in a Med office in a russian neighborhood and when I told someone my boyfriend was half-german half-russian ( orthodox not jewish) every old lady flipped the fuck out and someone actually felt it prudent to tell the doctor I was working what "awful" people I had gotten involved with, no shit. NO FUCKING SHIT! If it was some Arkasha from the block around the corner with a GED -equivalent education who sat on the couch all day eating sunflower seeds,he would be a loser but it would be "okay". When it was a not russian speaking jew who had his own apartment ( not mama and papa's) and his own job ( not working for papa's limo company) it was just AWFUL. No one bothered to inquire as to my personal ethnical background and the fact that I am far from 100% jewish because you know, I "belong" to the community and that's all that matters. These people are very, very primitive, it's like certain muslim countries were the young woman's behavior is like a jungian mirror for the rest of the community. If I marry a non-jew, it's like THEY married a non-jew, even if I'm not their relative, it still counts.

Russian Girl
Russian Girl

Yeah she is Jewish, she was wearing a star of david. But if I am not mistaken within the limited community that she surrounds herself, all of them are Jewish.

Cas_eindhoven
Cas_eindhoven

Yes, they are all Jewish -- though of course, "there are Jews, and then there are Jews"....

At the risk of being politically incorrect, I'd like to know what a "real" Russian is like...every "Russian" I've met has turned out to be "Jewish"...which is a good thing, as I like the outlook of Russian Jewish girls, generally (the keeping-up-appearances is pretty much universal with females the world over), but I do wish I could experience a "purely" "Russian" sensibility, too....

Mermaid
Mermaid

I wouldn't waste my time watching this brainless, vulgar show, but will tell you that it aptly depicts the recent Russian emigres I've seen-bad boob jobs, botox, nose jobs, hair extensions, etc...and the reputation for being "fashion-forward"??? Please. Don't make me laugh...the gaudy, excessive use of bejeweled necklines, plunging cleavage and too-short dresses on chubby legs verges on Las Vegas-mall-hooker wear. I've also been privvy-on two occasions, in Paris, in very upscale hotel lounges, to the most apallingly crass, obnoxious, loud and inconsiderate behavior by groups of visiting Russkies. The bad reputation of these Russians in France-and other places-are well deserved. My friends in Paris can't stand these tourists, who treat them-and everyone else-like garbare. Bad, bad manners all round. I don't like to generalize, but the Russians nowadays-at least those with even a tiny amount of money or "success"- seems way too impressed with themselves for absolutely no reason. I'll continue to steer clear.

Cas_eindhoven
Cas_eindhoven

LOL, I know what you mean -- just like that Russian couple in the movie "2012!"

But honestly, they're just people like any other...you will always find complaints from the natives (of almost any country) about tourists (from almost any country): the British the Americans, the Americans the Chinese, the Chinese the Africans, the Africans the French, the French and everybody not French -- except maybe some smart heel-clickin' Germans!

Barkley
Barkley

Stop giving reality shows press! Boring!

Russian Girl
Russian Girl

So I just watched the show and all I can say, that these people are ridiculous. I was brought here at a very young age and yes I am Russian, but never have my parents pressured me to marry a Russian, on the contrary I have always dated Latinos and my family has been very supportive of me and my lifestyle. One thing is true and that is we are very fashion forward, but that does not mean I will spend ridiculous amount at Saks. Its not how much it costs or where you buy it, its how you look and how confident you are with yourself.

Russiangirl
Russiangirl

nobody in our community considers her a "socialite" or a woman of any value. we think she is a laughing stock.

Mermaid
Mermaid

That's what she comes off as...a huge joke. glad to hear one of her "own" is clear-eyed. Thanks.

Cas_eindhoven
Cas_eindhoven

The woman's Jewish. It's like Woody Allen making the quintessential "American" film...or, even, "New York" film...New York's about much more than Jewish UWS Manhattan, we know, but it's not inaccurate to say that his whiny pompous overly-intellectual characters are "American" -- and in the same way, Marina Levitis' being perfectly "Russian"....

Ferry
Ferry

She's a little bit flashy verging on crass but she's honest about it. I like her and would love to go to Rasputin.

Cas_eindhoven
Cas_eindhoven

Yeah, I like an honest girl. Reminds me of a Russian ex-girlfriend (actually, two [of three -- or even four, if you count a white green-eyed red-headed Kazakh!]) I had...I bet Marina is really sexual, too...I love this Sephardic look in Russian cultural affectations! She's a "Jewess" in the best classic sense of that word in Russian history....

Yaya
Yaya

Your fist question made me scream with laughter.

Yaya
Yaya

"first" question

jpdanzig
jpdanzig

It sounds as if the Russians have picked up all the worst habits of the Americans. So much for glasnost...

 
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