Question by K2010: what is the difference Soviet culture and Russian culture?
@Slava, what is a Soviet nationality?
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Answer by TheAsker
The difference is that the Soviets were a large group of countries, more then just Russia. Even though they split up in 1992, there are technically some Soviets around. Russians, however, are just Russians.
Answer by Slava T
Kate, any culture has its own “message”, its own foundation, its own tradition. It has nothing to do with ethnicity of a particular actor, writer etc. For example, Dmitry Shostakovitch, a Jew, was as much Russian composer as Petr Tchaikovsky but Russian Sholokhov was a SOVIET author. Does it make any sense?
P.S. To put in a nutshell the point is about “cultural continuation”. From this point of view Shostakovitch developed Russian classical musical tradition when Sholokhov argued AGAINST the Russian culture in support of the Soviet one. The Soviet culture was extremely ideologised field meticulously “cleaned up” of any national themes, above all Russian. The Soviet culture was a “nationless” “culture broth” full of microbes of ideological rhetoric. People who identify themselves with this culture are Soviet nationals.
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