Interestingly, even though Danilov claims that, up until the end of the 1980s, the relations between the government and the Church were tense, some Christian holidays were nevertheless celebrated. For example, O.G. Zelova mentions the celebrations of Maslenitsa.
In his textbook, Danilov emphasizes that, in the 1990s, many people had gained the feeling of insecurity, and that the confidence about the future had disappeared. This is confirmed by the interviews with V. V. Kornilov, S. N. Kolyakina, O. G. Zelova, and E. V. Gvozdev. This period of time specifically was well remembered by the interviewed teachers who lived in Russia at that time. V.V. Kornilov says, 'It was scary [to live] in a hostel. Doors were knocked out every night. Violence, robbery'; 'In the nineties, you could only rely on yourself and your own legs – nothing else. A lot of the people I knew died, sometimes by accident.' Although, E.E. Urman says: 'We did not feel any danger at all,' she still recalls an incident when she was robbed in the street by a person who took her child as a hostage. E. V. Gvozdev says, 'At that time, many [people] were threatened – [especially,] small businesses, and medium ones'. E. V. Gvozdev also describes how 'downright criminals' threatened his own parents who had their own business. Furthermore, E. V. Gvozdev says that there were 'endless contract murders.'
In his book, Vivienne Sanders portrays the hippie generation of the mid-1960-s who expressed themselves through living an alternative lifestyle. This is supported by Mr. Kvietok's comments in his interview, 'I kinda grew up in the hippie generation. Long hair and so on. My closest friends and I decided to go to graduation barefoot, just as kind of a sign of the alternate lifestyle.' As Mr. Kvietok says, 'I'm a child of the sixties. That's a period of time when we, Americans, awoke to the fact that we had to learn to question the status quo.'