What role did cities play in the formation of united states in western Europe? Did Russian cities play a similar role?

Cities played a major role in the formation of states, since in the production of certain products they needed markets for the sale and exchange of goods, as well as the protection of production and the settlements themselves from the country.
On the territory of Russia, such an influence could not occur, since all products were made on the territory of boyar estates or feudal lands that were under their influence.
Most of the production was the result of subsistence farming or farming.

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