Russian culture is constantly evolving, between the influence of Europe and the constantly changing government. Plus, Russia is a big country and different regions have different concepts of culture and values but as with any country looking into their culture will give you a brief insight into the country you wish to explore.
Russian culture has a long and rich cultural history, and can claims a long tradition in the arts, especially when it comes to literature, music, ballet, architecture, painting, cinema, philosophy and politics, which all had considerable influence on world culture. While outsiders may see the country as drab, Russia has a very visual cultural past, from its colorful folk costumes to its ornate religious symbols.
Because Russia encompasses so much land, it also exhibits a great diversity of geography and ethnicities. Though generalizations about Russian culture can be made, the size and diversity of the country mean that regions in Russia maintain cultural elements that aren’t typical of other areas of Russia.
Each city in Russia is unique and exhibits its own culture. For example, Kazan has a strong Tatar heritage and is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. Siberian cities reflect the realities of living in the far east of Russia with its bitterly cold winters and ethnic communities. Cities along important trade routes, like the Volga, preserve elements of ancient Russia.
Russia has been a leader in literature, arts, and music. It is birthplace to some of the most famous classical composers including Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and Stravinsky. While ballet was first introduced to Russia from France more than 150 years ago it is now home to two of the most famous ballet companies in the world The Bolshoi Ballet of Moscow and the Kirov Ballet of St. Petersburg. Russia has one of the great literary cultures, with works like Tolstoy’s formidable War and Peace or Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment it’s no wonder Russians take their literature very seriously, many can easily recite passages from famous works at the drop of a hat and why many former houses of Russian authors are preserved as museums.
Russian inventors have contributed generously to the development of global scientific thought. Many of their inventions have literally transformed the world we live in like computers, helicopters, radio, television, and of course Tetris.
With its culture and traditions and rich and vibrant as St Basil Cathedral, there is so much more to Russian than Vodka and snow.