Discovering the Russian soul is like opening a matryoshka, a
Russian doll, revealing the many layers. The Russian orthodox
religion is unique; Russian history is tragic; and the people are
unpredictable. Russia’s military and political power, as well as
the rich contribution of its art and culture, is the result of an
inner dynamic not always understood by outsiders.
Culture Smart! Russia sets out to help you to become a more
perceptive traveller, and to make your trip more personally
fulfilling. It explores the connections between Russia’s
turbulent past and its paradoxical present; it describes presentday values and attitudes, and offers practical advice on what to
expect and how to behave in different social circumstances.