Russia is located in Northern Eurasia. It occupies more than eight percent of the Earth’s surface, making it the biggest country in the world. With a population of around 143 million, it is also the largest country in the world. Russia is home to the world’s largest mineral resources and energy resources. It also produces the most oil and natural gas globally. It also boasts the largest forest reserve in the world.
Russia’s population is made up of 160 ethnicities who speak 27 languages, including Russian as the official language. Russian is the language of science literature. More than 25% of all scientific literature in the world is written in Russian. Russian is used to storing and coding universal knowledge. It is one of six official languages at the United Nations.
They eat mainly fish and poultry as well as mushrooms, honey, honey, and berries. Black bread is a unique Russian food. It is more popular than any other country in the world. You can also find delicious soups and stews like shchi, borsch, and ukha as well as solyanka, and okroshka. A banya is a hot steam bath that looks almost like a sauna. It is one of their most popular social traditions.
Russians are averse to Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism. According to some estimates, 16-48% of Russia’s population is non-believers. Russian Orthodoxy is the dominant religion in Russia.
Russia is a popular destination for tourists due to its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. Tourists mainly visit Saint Petersburg and Moscow. These cities are cultural hubs with museums like the Tretyakov Gallery or Hermitage and theaters such as the Bolshoi Theater or Mariinsky Theater. Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, and Saint Isaac’s Cathedral make up the most prominent churches in the region.
Russia’s culture, traditions, and language – which includes food, music, and literature – are a source of pride for Russians. It is also a reason why so many people visit Russia.
Russian Culture’s Perception of Home
Russians regard their homes as sacred and spiritual. Russian culture dictates that a home shouldn’t be built near cemeteries or other places where tragedy has occurred. Russians use symbols and decorations in their homes to represent spirituality. Tables are symbolic of prosperity and should be covered with a white cloth. They view the home as a place where they can relax and bond with their family, in addition to metaphysical aspects (Singleton, 1988).
The Influence of Western Culture on Russians
The Soviet Union’s post-war period saw isolation among the youth, which made it impossible for the west to infiltrate Russia’s way of life in Russia. Therefore, the Western youth culture and lifestyle are rarely absorbed. However, Khrushchev’s regime saw the Russian way of living change and began to reflect the western style. The Russian youth have changed dramatically over the past 50 years and now have very little in common with their old culture. The youth adopted western culture and gradually eroded traditional Russian culture. While the ‘normals’ were not willing to embrace westernization, the citizens who already accepted the western way combined leisure activities with studying. This was a new trend. The music youth listened to suggests a shift in their musical tastes. While the soviets saw music as an integral part of the soul (dancing), the west saw it as part of the body. This led to a change in the music produced in the country (Pilkington 7).
Since ancient times, Russia has been a Christian country. The majority of Russians follow the Christian faith. Two theories exist about the origins of Christianity in Russia. One theory states that Russia was founded as a catholic community. The other describes them as an Orthodox community. Since the time of Alexander the Great and Apostle Peter, there has been conflicting between the Catholic Church and the orthodox institution. This was reflected in protests and demonstrations by the orthodox brotherhood. This religion and its institution have ruled most of Russia, and it has prevented most other Christian sects from setting up shop in Russia (Fagan 3).
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky’s Influence on Russian Culture
Dostoevsky supported the Russian heritage in Europe and wanted Russia to continue its tradition. Dostoevsky was a passionate reader of European literature and dreamed of visiting countries such as Italy and Switzerland as a child. He emphasized the importance of Europe to Russia and encouraged Russian citizens not to pay attention to western culture. According to one quote, he said “Do you not realize how precious this land is for us and the tribes” He was a patriotic Russian even after many years in prison. To encourage others to respect his country and feel pride in it, he wrote letters.
He encouraged Russians to preserve and follow their cultural heritage (Rzhevsky 131). He considered Russians to be nobler than other Europeans. He saw a terrible end for the west and advised Russia to avoid the west to stop it from falling like the rest of the countries. Even though he supported knowledge of all cultures, he wanted people to continue living the Russian way. He believed that Russia would save Europe by learning about other European cultures. He encouraged citizens to preserve their families and keep the original traditions of Russia.
Stereotypes about Russians in Media
Although Europeans believed Russia was a prominent west-nation after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the USA didn’t see it that way. Soon after the fall of the Soviet Union, the American government lost interest in Russia. The result is that US politicians don’t have an accurate picture of the country’s political, cultural, and social development. Some stereotypical information about Russia includes: Putin is an ex-KGB member who suppresses opposition and accumulates power; that Russia’s media is not independent and is controlled by the state; that Russians live under Putin’s tyranny, violence, and human rights violations. The Kremlin supports Iran and Hamas (Barfoot,67). This is Russia’s historical, religious, and political origin. Russians are proud of their country and love it. They still cherish their culture and traditions, and they want to preserve their past as much as possible.