I've always been led to believe that Russia was starkly different from the USA. In a lot of ways it is. However, love for loud music, great food, and the need to be weird is universal.
In Khabarovsk there are no McDonald's, Starbucks, or Pizza Hut. Coca-Cola and other sodas are rarely offered. Instead nearly every restaurant is privately owned and serve local food and craft drinks. Bars are decorated with vintage soviet relics and walls display drawings of Tolstoy, Dostoevick, and Chekov. Anyone with a proper beard gets a free beer on Mondays. Classic grunge and indie music plays all night. Imported California IPAs are enjoyed as much as local craft brews. Even Hemingway gets his own little tribute.
Is hipster culture taking over the world?