In the same secondary school course (11 years school qualification is mandatory in Russia) they study world literature, world music, and world geography.
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.It's a great achievement for the country where atheism was the official state religion for more than 70 years. They appreciate Christian moral values but do not follow them. Russians are more aware of horoscopes than the Bible.Church service in Russia can be attended any day of the week and performed every day 2 or 3 times (early morning at 3 a.m., then at 8 a.m. People usually attend the church just to "light a candle" and quickly pray.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.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.But once I could find people who knew someone inside the system, a month wait would turn into just a few hours wait or they would find a place for me where they said the rules would not allow them to give me one.I think it was an excellent system since people had the opportunity to attend theatres from the early age, starting from attending performances in a Muppet theatre, then moving to the Youth Drama Theatre, then to Drama, Musical and Opera, according to their age.Also attending performances in a company is always much more fun, which contributed to the popularity of theatres.The standard secondary school program includes studying of a foreign language for 6 years (grades 5-11), usually it is English but also can be French, German or Spanish.