It stretches to include grandparents, aunts and uncles, brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces.
The members of the Russian family closely communicate with each other and frequently get together, especially on such family occasions as birthdays and anniversaries.
In the ancient Rus', a fifteen year-old girl was considered to be mature enough for adult life and giving birth to children.
Civil unions have been gaining popularity in Russia lately.
A civil union is a relationship where a man and a woman live together and share household expenses without officially registering a marriage.
Nowadays the majority of young men and women in Russia prefer not to rush to marriage and such trend has gained popularity: prior to marriage, the future spouses strive to receive good education, find a decent job and achieve the first successes in their careers.
By the time of marriage and the birth of children, the young families have their lives arranged and are able to support themselves financially.