Thecontext of Traditional Russian values
Russiahas a very rich history and traditions. Most of these are embedded inits literature, paintings, classical music, philosophy, andarchitecture. The history of Russia dates back to 862 AD with thefirst united East Slavic state. It began with the migration of peopleand ancient kingdoms. Originally, it was made up of cities andkingdoms that came together to form an empire. The warrior namedRurik of the Varangians and Scandanavian people was the legendarybehind the rising of Russia. His descendants expanded the territoriesand acquired more cities. Through the ages, Russia has grown and iscurrently the largest country in the world.
Abrief history of the country states that the medieval state arosebetween the 3rd and 9th century. In the 13th century, Rus wasdisintegrated following the invasion of the Mongol Empire. The statespaid tribute to Golden Horde until the 18th century. However, theGrand Duchy of Moscow unified the principalities, acquiredindependence under the political leadership of Kievan Rus. Thenation expanded and became the Russian Empire.
Currently,Christianity is the main religion in Russia. A great percentage ofthe Russian population belongs to the Orthodox Church. Even thoughother religions still exist, people are able to coexist togetherdespite their belief differences. The leadership of the church inRussia was under a patriarchal throne. Land belonging to the churchwas taken due to the Decree of 1917. As a result, the church lostlegal entity and the right to ownership of property. In the 1980s,the church was restructured, and changes were made, allowingreligious organizations carry out their activities with minimalgovernment interference. There have been improvements within thechurch and reconstruction of cathedrals. An example is the Cathedralof our Lady of Kazan. It is, therefore, evident from the aboveexplanation that the Christian culture in the country has a very deephistory. Russia claims the largest Orthodox nation. Cultural Russiagrew from the East Slavs who had pagan beliefs.
Unlikemany countries in the West, Russia has for a very long time beenknown to support communism. When the ideology came up in the 20thcentury, there was a cultural change, since Russia was the leadingmember of the Soviet Union. As a communist state, the people inRussia enjoy group success as opposed to individualism. It can aswell be said that people in Russia are very kind and have managed tocoexist with each other peacefully. The country is ethnicallydiverse. There are 160 ethnic groups in Russia, speaking 100languages. The common languages are Russian, Ukrainian, and Tatar.After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the country embraceddemocracy and elections are usually being held periodically todetermine the president. Similarly, there have been numerousamendments to ensure the security of the people of Russia
Sincethere are more than 160 ethnic groups in Russia, it is evident it thecounty is rich in diverse cultures. Many Russians still celebrateChristian festivals like Christmas, Easter, Epiphany and Nativityfast. They also appreciate pagan celebration like Ivan Kuala andMaslenitsa, a ceremony for the dead. Marriage and family areimportant social parts hence Russians celebrate weddings.
Inconclusion, it is therefore, evident that Russia has undergone a lotof change to reach its current state. For example, historicalexperiences of Russian explain why they strongly support autocraticrule. The power of the state is distributed to the legislature,executive and judiciary. Just like the United States and many othercountries, Russia is also governed by principles of democracy.Lastly, the country prides itself with having a very diverse societyand rich religious history.