Church survives selling candles and reminder notes and charging for services such as baptizing, weddings and funerals. A couple has to register their marriage with government authorities first to be allowed to have church ceremony performed.
Medical aid and education in Russia are free, though Russians joke that education becomes less and less free with every year.
When Russian people talk about movie theatres, they will usually say "cinema"; if they talk about "theatres", they mean live performances.
During Soviet times there was a well developed system of community work and in every group (class at school, department at work etc) would be also a person responsible for sport, education, political information of the group etc.
At the same time the majority of Russians don't have what you call in the west "good manners". Russia is quite a tough country and Russians usually do not hesitate to say what they think in a way that doesn't leave room for any misunderstandings.
During the Soviet period having "good manners" was considered as a bourgeois survival. When they meet or phone each other, they seldom spend time on questions like "How are you? They are not rude, it's just a way of doing things. Russia has the highest educational level in the world (more than 40% of the total population have college or university degree).
Intellectually, Russians are interesting people to talk to and enjoy deep subjects.
Since both education and culture facilities used to be widely available, Russians can be considered a highly cultured nation.You know someone who knows someone who is in power; this is the way they have the things done.If you know the right people, you can have the most difficult things done with little effort.In my life, a few times I ran into dead ends where there was nothing I could do in the straightforward way; the people were right to refuse me, according to the official rules.But once I could find people who knew someone inside the system, a month wait would turn into just a few hours wait or they would find a place for me where they said the rules would not allow them to give me one.Foreigners would just give up; Russians believe there is always a roundabout.The majority of Russians consider themselves as Christians, and belong to Russian Orthodox Church.Russian saying is, "One is not a soldier in the battlefield".In Russia, one still needs to know people in power to make things work.This is how most Russian people have developed their taste for live performances.Movie theatres are also becoming popular in Russia and they are equipped with the latest sound systems.