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.
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.
Russians are also big fond of live performances at theatres and since tickets are affordable (prices in cinemas and theatres are comparable), they enjoy attending theatres: opera, musical, ballet, drama etc. The theatre culture was developed during the Soviet times when tickets were sold through schools and enterprises: cities were divided into areas and there was a theatre agent responsible for each particular area.
The agent would bring tickets for distribution to every enterprise and school in his area and the person responsible for "culture sector" would organize collective visit to the theatre.
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.
Their general knowledge is very good: they know a little bit about virtually everything.
At secondary schools, they study not only the history of Russia but also the world history, including American and European history.
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.