Russian families are far more unified than American. In America, we have names for every level, second cousin three times removed, step-mother, half-brother, et cetera. Grandparents live in assisted living, cousins meet maybe every decade. At eighteen, children are evicted from their parent's home. In Russian however, step-family is simply family. Cousins are referred to as siblings, no matter the how little shared DNA there actually is. Grandparents, sometimes aunts and uncles and cousins all live in the same space.