The origins and development of not only the state but also the people, it is already at the initial stages of its formation (Kievan Rus), East Slavic tribes mingled with the Finno-Ugrian, lived in what is now Leningrad, Pskov and Novgorod regions (of the same name Peipsi Lake comes from the Finno-Ugric tribe Chud), with the Scandinavians (Vikings), and, of course, with the Turkic tribes in the south and east of Russia, who paid tribute to the Prince of Kiev. This is stated in the “Tale of Bygone Years”, where the tributaries are called “our unclean”, ie Pagans. Note the pronoun “we”, ie particular ethnic race with them was not felt. Thus, the coming of the Tartars, our ancestors were “on Blood” is not quite the Slavs, that is, and evropeytsemi, and Asians.
In the period from 13th to 16th century there was an intensive mix of Slavs and Tatars, already at the end of domination of the Horde, many Tatar nobleman, as they say in history, “traveled” to Russia, received baptism and became not only Russian, but also representatives of the highest aristocracy, such as Prince Yusupov (originally Genghis Khan), a representative of the genus which Felix Yusupov was the initiator of the murder of Grigory Rasputin. In Boris Godunov, the closest ancestor was baptized Tatar MPD.
“Velvet Book” of the Russian nobility during the Russian Empire included, along with the Russian nobility, and the many generations of Caucasian princes and Bukhara Beys. This is also a special and very interesting topic of conversation that could go on, figuratively speaking, to infinity. Modern Russian people – is the result of numerous historical confusions, including representatives of Asian nations.
As for the state, if we try to answer as short as it has always combined the bizarre way it combines European and Asian elements, and in this sense, of course, is unique.
Trying to Peter “pull” Russia in Europe succeeded only in relation to the upper class. And the nobles resisted Europeanization of almost the entire 18th century (think “Oaf” Fonvizin). By the early twentieth century was formed, so to speak, “two of Russia” – a European (city and the nobility) and Asian (rural and peasant). Even then, the section was held not only in class, but the level of education.