Russian dating customs
This is why they maintain more friendships than an average westerner.They often have to rely on their friends to help them out.
Also attending performances in a company is always much more fun, which contributed to the popularity of theatres.When Russian people talk about movie theatres, they will usually say "cinema"; if they talk about "theatres", they mean live performances.During Soviet times there was a well developed system of community work and in every group (class at school, department at work etc) would be also a person responsible for sport, education, political information of the group etc.You know someone who knows someone who is in power; this is the way they have the things done.
People that were doing community work were given benefits (free or discounted travel, ability to buy deficit goods, ability to receive a better apartment from the government for free etc) - remember, there was no private property until Perestroika, everything used to belong to the state, which was controlling distribution and would award the most active citizens.
Unfortunately the system of volunteering was broken with Perestroika but Russians still have that great community spirit (which sometimes goes to the lengths a westerner would consider as infringement). The power of an individual in Russia is much less than in the west and most deals are pushed through family, friends and acquaintances.