East of the West (2019 –2021)
Once the Tatars and the Russians fought against each other. Now they live side by side in Kazan city, but with no complete confusion. Between the old people, there’s still an interfaith rejection (Tatars are mostly Muslims, Russians are considers themselves Orthodox Christians). I. e., the elderly, especially among the Tatars, do not welcome marriages with people of other culture and religion.
However, especially after the celebration of its Millennium, Kazan has become a modern multicultural city with young people live according to a megapolis code. East meets West.
The city’s changing, but the changes pop up in the gaps between zoomers' hype and old Islam traditions, a significant part of Tatar self-discipline.
What is Kazan — and Russia — Europe or Asia? It doesn’t really matter. For the Kazan’s Generation Z, it’s the future what’s important, not the past. The future has a cross-border and globalist context for most of them.