In the previous post we saw that the modern Russian film about Byzantium, having presented Byzantium’s unique contributions and gifts, wonders how happened and such a great power fell. The answer given in the film is that wrong economical, political and cultural decisions caused the fall. Trade was surrendered to foreign nations, power moved from the central state to individuals, nationalism replaced the ecumenical spirit, Constantinople tended to care only for itself and not for the provinces, birth rate decreased, the educational system followed principles of individuality and did not manage to assimilate the foreigners, Orthodoxy was betrayed in an effort for western aid to be ensured against the invaders of Mohammed, apathy and death-wish spread to the people.