For the Nutcracker Ballet piece, see Trepak. Russian culture has a long history. Russian culture grew from that of the East Slavs, with their pagan beliefs and specific way of life in the wooded areas nizhny Novgorod center of aesthetic education of children far Eastern Europe.
Nowadays, Russian cultural heritage is ranked seventh in the Nation Brands Index, based on interviews of some 20,000 people mainly from Western countries and the Far East. The Ostromir Gospels of 1056 is the second oldest East Slavic book known, one of many medieval illuminated manuscripts preserved in the Russian National Library. Russia’s 160 ethnic groups speak some 100 languages. According to the 2002 census, 142.