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Soviet Departures from Traditional Political Culture

Forms of traditional social life (e.g. the village commune) were destroyed
Transition from a rural uneducated society to urban and literate
By the mid-1980s a large urban middle class had developed with new cultural and material requirements
New urban sections of population showed high levels of support for principles associated with liberal democracy (political and religious tolerance, political liberty, individual rights, freedom of speech, competitive elections, etc.)
Contemporary Russian political culture is an amalgam: it combines a resurgence of Russian nationalism and Orthodox Christianity with survivals of the values of Soviet collectivism and with support for principles associated with liberal democracy
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