Why has Russia seemingly evolved in another direction from its European counterparts?
Why is Russia more conservative than both of its eastern and western European counterparts? Less than 20% of Russians support gay rights, and they seem backward on many other cultural issues as well.
It also seems to me like Russians have a knack to support authoritarian politics and politicians, especially when compared to the rest of Europe as well.
Why does it seem Russia is consistently at odds with the rest of Europe concerning democracy and progression? (Note: Russian and Ukrainian are a major part of my ethnicity)