From a Western point-of-view, Russian culture is steeped in mystery, and indeed, this great land can be mysterious. It lends to the intrigue people feel when they think of Russian families. But actually, family life in Russia isn't so mysterious. Hearth and home and extended family count as the real stars of Russian home life, and Russian women play a large role in this. The reasons for this lie in Russian history. According to an article on the Live Science website, much of the emphasis on home life and family comes from necessity. More specifically, Soviet rule left its mark on Russian home life. Life proved difficult under the Soviet government, and to make their way in the world, families had to rely on each other to survive. They learned to combine resources and to depend upon one another. Because the Communist Party ruled Russia for 70-plus years, this tradition of home and family remains a cornerstone of Russian life. But unlike life in the U.S., it's not unusual for family to mean more than mom, dad, and the kids, according to information on the DePauw University website. As a carryover from previous years, Russian families, including grandparents and grandchildren tend to live in the same apartment. The living space tends to be small, and Russian women do most of the care of the family. Many Russian women marry young and plan to stay home after the wedding is over. In the past, Russian brides almost exclusively spent their time in their homes and had no elaborate career plans. However, life in Russia today often includes working mothers. When this happens, one of the grandmothers in the family will assume the home role and help with the home and children. Apartments tend to be small, and it's difficult to find privacy in Russian households. However, in some respects this has influenced Russian home life in a positive way. Family members are very involved in one another's lives. The kitchen is the place where much of the Russian family gathers, and Russian cooking and traditional dishes still get a prominent spot in home life. Traditional foods like borscht, along with pirozhkis, ikra, and blinis count as just some of the dishes Russian women might cook for her families. These dishes bring together hearty ingredients such as beets and other vegetables, meats, and cheeses. Blinis are a sweet treat and can even include sweet jams and chocolate syrup. Beer, tea, and vodka are staple drinks in Russian life. Russian history and tradition influence how Russian brides interact with their families. These mysterious beauties love home life and spending time with their close families. Home means more to them than parents and children. It's a place where Russian culture is actively lived out.