Russia is often contrasted with Western Europe. Russia is portrayed as backwards while western Europe is portrayed as enlightened. Russia is also seen as one of the few Western nations that are resisting the forces of globalization. If this is true then maybe it is due to the backwards nature of the Russian people, but where does this backwardness come from? Russia was once ruled by The Mongols. It very well may be that backwardness in Russian society is related to their resistance to globalization in the same way that in judaism the various quirkiness’s in the religion itself helps for jewish people to resist assimilation into the cultures of the societies in which they live.
The russians believed that the mongols had invaded and conquered Russia as punishment for their sins.
Some people speculate that Russia may have adopted certain elements of Oriental despotism in their culture and that is why they have a history of strong leaders. People have even gone so far as to describe Russia as asiatic in terms of its political styles. This is an interesting speculation because if there is any truth to it then maybe there can be some sort of link between the popularity of marxism in asian countries and the fact that marxism that dominated Russia for a time.
If anyone has any ideas or information about the mongol rule of Russia they are invited to share it in the comments section.