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CultureShock! Russia by Anna Pavlovskaya

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The first task of the Soviet government was the industrial development of the country. The flow of people to the cities took on a previously unseen scale. This was helped by the new government policy towards villages: wholesale 48 CultureShock! Russia collectivisation, resettlement and sometimes the liquidation of the prosperous peasants. Cities grew and developed, a new, more comfortable and active life started in them while the villages continued to live out their own century with its old foundations, which were poorly adapted to the new times.

Russian literature, which is famous the world over, is mainly written by the nobles about life of the Russian nobility, and the diaries and memoirs which have survived also belong to that circle. The realist writers According to old traditions, the sources of all the achievements who were interested in village of Russian culture can be life mainly paid attention to its found in folk art. The great shortcomings. Historians of the composers derived motifs from its melodies, writers the themes soviet period wrote about the and language for their works, and ‘dark, forgotten and ignorant’ painters found their colours and choreographers their movements peasants, in order to illustrate and fluidity of shapes.

As once happened with the American Indians, the contact with modern civilisation brought with it a number of infectious diseases, which quickly put an end to these unusual recluses. Despite this geographical and natural diversity in Russia, there is an exceptionally unified culture. You can take a plane in Saint Petersburg and fly for nine hours. Or jump on the famous Trans-Siberian train in Moscow and travel east for seven days. Or set off on a long (multi-day) car ride through the roadless Russian hinterlands.

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