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Maria Wilson January 16, 2014 RU 33520 My Perestroika Response Name two or three aspects of Russian culture that

have remained consistent since the end of the Soviet Union, and two or three aspects that have changed dramatically, and discuss them briefly on the basis of this film. As evidence you may draw upon the main characters' life experiences and personal reflections, historical film footage, what is shown in the film but not explicitly stated, etc. Many aspects of life have changed in Russian culture since the end of the Soviet Union. For example, there is a much greater sense of personal freedom. Ruslan, the musician in the film, notes that after the end of the Soviet Union and during the transitional time after the fall, you were able to listen to whatever music you wanted. He, for example, loved punk music, and he could freely listen to it and perform it without the threat of imprisonment. Additionally, the sense of personal freedom allowed many people to come back to the Church after the fall of the Soviet Union. Worshipping in a Church would have been forbidden in the Soviet Union, so after the fall, many people returned to the Church in droves, as shown in some of the historical footage. There are a few possible reasons for this return: people were simply exercising the personal freedom that had so long been denied to them, and people could have been using the Church as a form of escapism from the hard world around them. Another difference is how Communism is treated in schools. In their personal reflections, many of the people in the documentary recalled how they were always surrounded by Communist propaganda, and they were forced to basically accept its message without question. However, the teachers in the film note that its very odd to try and explain the thought process behind Communism, because it simply doesnt make much logical sense in todays mindset. This is certainly a huge change from the fall of the Soviet Union. A few aspects of Russian culture have been consistent since the end of the Soviet Union, though. One is a sense of innocence or nostalgia for childhood. All of the adults expressed feelings of warmth or happiness for some aspects of their childhood, even though it took place during the restrictive time of the Soviet Union. They simply were

just too young to understand politically what was happening, so as children, they just enjoyed themselves. This seems to be reflected through the son of the teachers, as he enjoys coming home to listen to his music, and he too will probably express fond feelings towards his childhood even though it isnt perfect. Another aspect that has been consistent is the fact that the teacher had lived in one apartment his entire life. He had never moved out of the apartment, from the height of the Soviet Union, to the transition period, to today. Though this is a small detail, it shows that some aspects of peoples lives simply dont change even though the world around them does. It also shows that some aspects of peoples lives, such as housing, wasnt changed due to the fall of the Soviet Union.