Although many have been culturally Russified, distinct ethnic groups such as the Karelians, Komi, and Mordvinians remain a part of Russia's modern cultural geography.
The Karelians identify strongly with their neighbors to the west.
The country's linguistic raphy is complicated by Altaic speakers.
The city of Kazan is the center of the Volga Tatars' territory.
While retaining their ethnic identity, the Turkish-speaking Tatars have married their Russian neighbors.
Ethnic Tatars are free to use their traditional language in bilingual education.
The Caucasus region of southern Russia and nearby Georgia and Armenia has a variety of languages.
Women are participating in a folk festival in a region where local populations are fighting for more independence.
Makhachkala is the region's largest city.
Low levels of education, high rates of alcoholism, and widespread poverty are some of the common characteristics seen within such settings.
A complex history and a fractured physical setting have combined to produce some of the most complicated language patterns in the world.
The Russian government appears to be in charge of the Orthodox Church.
Church officials living in Russian Tatarstan are being used by the government to sanction state activities, which is ironic since many of Russia's current leaders played roles in raising ethnic and religious tensions.
Laws designed for Moscow were banned in the earlier Soviet period.
Observers feel that the rise of Protestantism in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union will add to their appeal among the region's disaffected youth.
More than half a million Jews are present in the region, and other forms of western Christianity are also present.
Jews experienced persecution under both the tsars and the communists, who ruled Poland for hundreds of years.
Recent out-migrations from Eastern Ukraine, prompted by new political free on the other hand, remained fully within the Orthodox doms, have further reduced their numbers in Russia.
The religious split reinforces the cultural differences.
There are Buddhists in eastern and western Ukrainians.
Western the region has been associated with the Kalmyk and Buryat peoples and has been more nationalist than the Russian interior.
Buddhism is more firmly opposed to Russian influence than the east recent renaissance and now claims 1 million Ukrainians.
Russian culture has enriched the world.
Russian culture has been closely tied to the Orthodox faith for hundreds of years.
Even as Russian peasants rarely interacted with ethnic identities and tensions within the region, the 19th century was shaped by the anity and language.
Russian high culture has become the largest non-Christian religion.
Russia has around 20 million people and 7000 thoroughly Westernized.
The majority of ists and playwrights in Europe are Sunni Muslims, and they include people from the North Caucasus, the Volga Tatars, and the Central Asian peoples.
Russia's Muslim population has three times the growth rate of the non- Muslim population.
Moscow's new Cathedral Mosque may be home to more than 2 million people.
The population of the Indo-European family that has survived in one of the most complex parts of the world is now dwarfed by 6 or 7 million other people.
They identify with their linguistic roots because they live in far flung communities around the world.
The third is about the Armenians worldwide.
The major countries that host people of the same descent are shown on the map.
Russia, the United States, and France are all home to large numbers of people of the same ethnic group.
By the late 1920s, the Soviets turned against Rachmaninoff, and they viewed him as a decadent figure in the world of classical music.
There is a declining capitalist world in literature.
Many Soviet artists fled to high school and college students around the world and were exiled to Siberia.
Even in Russia today, struggling against capitalism.
The Bolshoi Ballet remains one of the world's leading dance ish state subsidies, and Russian artists regularly companies, and still there is great reverence and appreciation for the arts.
By the 1980s, it was clear that the attempt to fashion a new Soviet culture based on Soviet days had failed.
The younger generation had cultural relationships with the state.
The homeland's pivotal setting in the midst of numerous powerful empire states has led to many violent disruptions of life.
The defining chapters of the diaspora came in the 20th century.
As the Ottoman Empire crumbled, there was a mass expulsion of people from eastern Turkey.
Between 1915 and 1922, 1.5 million people died in war, and many of them ended up in Russia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America.
There was a secondary exodus during the Soviet period.
After World War II, there was a surge after the Immigration and Nationality Act was passed.
The immigrants include people from the Soviet Union as well as people from Europe and the Middle East.
KimKardashian and her family posed for pictures with local bers and individuals in the distinctive communities and individuals that make up residents on a visit to Armenia in 2015.