I recently was having a conversation with an acquaintance in Russian, and she used the phrase "welcome to the club" as it would literally translate into Russian. Confused, I asked, "This is surely an Americanism", as the phrase was precisely the same, translated 100% literally word for word.
She was adamant that the phrase was not only completely normal in Russian, but that it wasn't even taken from the English language!
What research I've performed in Google has yielded nothing definitive beyond confirming the existence of the phrase (I likewise searched for information in Russian, coming to a similar dead end).
Is the origin of this phrase known? Can we at least isolate it to a specific country?