Socialist ideas and avant-garde give way to paranoid totalitarism, the Great Terror, total censorship and cultural isolation.
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What is Russian culture? Is it Tolstoy, ballet and Russian avant-garde? Yes. But not only. Let's divide its history into seven eras and look at the main meanings and values in each of them.
A culture between Vikings and Greeks, western kings and asian nomads, with an orthodox worldview built up on Slavic paganism, with Scandinavian and Mongolian elements of social model and governance
Europeanization of the elite and epic fail of the Decembrists' revolt who wanted the weakening of autocracy and abolition of serfdom