Russian Collectivism

There are unique features of the Russian character, distinguishing it from the rest of the nations.

These wonderful traits are collectivism and tolerance.

Peculiarities of the Climate

In the area of unsustainable agriculture (from droughts to frost or heavy rains) the nature itself has preconditioned the collective farming.

Indeed, the principle of “you get what you worked for” does not apply if that year the harvest is bad. And then another year – the harvest is good again. So, an individual farmer sells his crops, and then, during a drought –he is in trouble again.

Under these conditions only a collective community could survive – people who could save at least some of the harvest by working together.

Under conditions of constantly good harvest this form of farming is not profitable. But under the conditions of unsustainable agriculture it allowed people to survive.


Try going out to a square in any city of any country, “firmly standing on democratic principles,” … with a red flag. Can you imagine the consequences?

In Russia the situation is different. Your neighbor became not a competitor, but your friend. Indeed, perhaps tomorrow your neighbor’s crops could save you from starving to death.

In this sense, family relationships were important, but equally important were neighborly relations as well.


States often invent enemies. Indeed, the role of governments in the absence of real or made up external or internal enemies is not very clear.

In Russia it is a little different. Imagine a captive enemy, which was brought to a village.

In other countries, he would basically become a slave. In Russia, after a while … he was set free. And if the former enemy wanted to stay, he would be gladly accepted. Because he would eventually become that neighbor who at some point could save everyone from starvation.

In Russia, “a newcomer” very quickly became a friend. And, for example, in European countries, to this day the foreigners who settled in their towns are considered outsiders even after generations have passed.

Maybe that’s why immigration to Russia during all historical periods was a common and often a mass phenomenon.


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