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Based upon the information that I have about the subject, the only difference between slave and serfdom is the word. But the condition was virtually the same. The word serf was basically the proper word for slave. Similar to how indentured servant was proper word for slave.


Fortunately, there has been some scientific polling done on this topic, which is much more reliable than the TV poll where Stalin was voted the third-best Russian. Stalin still commands considerable respect in Russia and the Caucasus states, but attitudes vary greatly with the framing of the question. In 1993, Stalin's raw favorable/unfavorables were at ...


The churches (and all religious institutions) were, essentially, honeypots. They were tightly controlled and closely observed - those who tried to avoid KGB control were suppressed. The benefits were many: early and easy identification of unreliables good PR with the West ("see, we do not persecute the religious people!") an additional cover (on top of ...


The other answers are all correct and worth an upvote. Money, land-bound, defensive mentality were factors. However, I will add one key element the others have not mentioned, which is that it was a deliberate part of their strategy. Soviet military planners considered the United States to be a threat to their polity and they deliberately made an "anti-USA" ...


A Russian fashion of that period is best documented in paintings of Боровиковский (active in 1790 - 1810). A Google query brings much more images.


Here: http://www.duel.ru/199905/?5_2_3 The speech on accepting the status of 'honorary citizen of Lviv' 1999 "Новый мировой порядок при гегемонии США создается против России, за счет России и на обломках России." literally: The new world order under U.S. hegemony is being created against Russia at the expense of Russia and on the ruins of Russia.


I suppose that you can trust Soviet movies on War and Peace. Unlike the US movies they show the clothing correctly. Especially the War and peace by S. Bondarchuk. They employed professional historians as consultants and had an enormous (by the Western standards) budget. I suppose that women really followed the French fashion, but most men wore military ...


To elaborate a bit on climenole's answer I'll add a bit of math behind the swastika symbol. Swastika in both clockwise and counterclockwise direction has been, and still is used in many cultures. In some areas of modern India it remains to this day as one of the symbols used to decorate the bride during wedding. The logic behind that symbol is actually ...

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