Is the current poilitical climate a major concern for everyone? Are Russian teenagers usually politically active, or just aware, or could they care less?
What are some staple foods and meals? Should I worry if, oh, my sixteen-year-old Russian girl is making a peanut butter and honey sammich on a multi-grain bagel, or if her twin brother is snacking on granola? What meals are considered important-- do people skip breakfast and have big lunches and dinners, or is breakfast the major meal of the day with lunch being a little thing from a snack bar?
Do Russian Orthodox christians cross themselves?
Are there any standards of beauty or desireableness (in men or women) that are widely-held enough to be notable? (Either modern, or as a common convention in literature-- either would be helpful, really.)
Are there laws about how long a teenager has to stay in school? Is home-schooling viable, or anywhere near? Are private schools common, or only for the best off, and what about scholarships? What (in any) languages are manditory or available at a high-school level?
If anyone can think of anything that might help me with writing a pair of Russian kids in Japan for a Duel Monsters tournament in the summer of 2010, one of which happens to be a Patriot spy assigned to trying to get back some of the Legacy (and treated to the same kind of training as EVA), pretend I asked about it here. XD
And last (and also kinda least), can anyone think of a hero, saint, or biblical figure that slew any monsters? I'm thinking in the lines of Saint George (and the Dragon) or David (and Goliath), though obviously I already know those two.
A million thank-yous to anyone with anything to help. ♥