The first one is about culture, habit and fear. Modern Russian culture is built on inherited soviet principles: the society thereat was accustomed to special "correct", "normal" and so "safe" expressions and behavior.
The peak of such social and cultural censorship happened to be the middle of 20th
century at the rule of Stalin
. At this time, the article №58
was forced into application, which regulated criminal responsibility for counter-revolutionary crimes. Millions of citizens were charged and most of them died, more often than not they were innocent.
Since then citizens of USSR accustomed to act and express in "correct" and "right" ways for fear of being suspected or even charged. Of course, discussions on freedom of speech, human rights and open society were no-no: people used to survive, hide and every single second they felt the pressure of totalitarian "hard" power. Such "correct" actions and expressions custom is still alive.