The state has recourses for human space flights, sports champions training and persecution of dissidents. But not for culture. Culture goes underground and flourishes there. No one believes in the official ideology anymore and people are ready for a change.
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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.
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Europeanization of the elite and epic fail of the Decembrists' revolt who wanted the weakening of autocracy and abolition of serfdom