The two eternal Russian questions are as follows:
But the ultimate Russian question in my humble opinion is:
It is this question which makes Russian literature so great. This question is universal, it transcends borders. Yet, it has a Russian flavour to it. It has always been urgent for Russians as a whole – in the 18th century as well as in the 21st. The answer has an ethnic and cultural dimension (identity building) but the philosophical one is just as important. The ‘collective’ answer is obvious. Russians are European, Slavic, Christian (and/or secular), etc.
The Western paradox, so to say, is that in order to be ‘Western’ for Russians (or for anybody else) one should not be afraid of not buying into what is positioned as ‘authentically Western’ by the brand/copyright holders of The West®. It should be noted – this rejection is not a rule but an option. In other words, you can use your PC without being too PC.