I'm not so sure of this actually.Mage said:Why do English speakers love the phrase "Mother Russia " so much? Real Russians don't use this phrase nearly as often as English speakers trying to show some Russian sentiment do.PharaohRa said:I hope Comrade Putin rules for another 20 years. He is doing good things for Mother Russia!
Real Rusians usually say отециство which means "Fatherland".
A common feminine way to refer to Russia by Russians would be Родина-мать which means "Birthplace - mother"
Mother Russia is not a common Russian expression, stop using it in English it sounds rather ignorant.
I don't know where the term comes from but it is used several times in Alexander Werth's Russia at War and he was British-Russian and fully bilingual.
Also in the war song пришел приказ there's the term "Россия-мать" but I think that's the only instance I've seen it being used.
By the way, the correct spelling is отечество