The most famous of all Muscovites was Ivan IV. As the head of a religious civilization, Ivan the Terrible had every aspect of domestic activity ritualized through semimonastic rules of conduct, preserved in a book called the Domostroi. The consequence of this radical monasticization of society was the virtual elimination of secular culture in the course of the sixteenth century. The legacy of Marxism lies in the deeds of Lenin and Stalin. The religion of these tyrants was the State. Vladimir Putin has demonstrated that little has changed in the harsh climate of the Kremlin. This is Sergei Dorenko’s assessment of recent Russian history.
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