Russian Culture: Facts, Customs & Traditions

Russian culture has a long and rich cultural history, steeped in literature, ballet, painting and classical music. While outsiders may see the country as drab, Russia has a very visual cultural past, from its colorful folk costumes to its ornate religious symbols. Here is a brief overview of Russian customs and traditions  elangqq.

The Homeland

Russian culture places a high value on the homeland and on family, according to Talia Wagner, a marriage and family therapist with a specialty in cultural dynamics. “The Soviet rule left its impression on the culture, creating a fundamental fear and mistrust of those outside the family, extended family and other close familial connections,” she told Live Science. The Communist Party ruled Russia and neighboring territories for more than 70 years, uniting them into the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). The Soviet Union broke up in 1991 elangqq

“The challenges families faced under communism left individuals highly dependent on family support, which oftentimes required the combining of resources to survive,” Wagner continued. “This created a culture that highly values extended family and maintaining close friendships elangqq.” 

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