About Russia what can I say, I love Dostoievski (“Crime and punishment” my preferred book in my childhood , I could say it’s my preferred yet, so much feelings in it! ) , their painters I like so much , (very good school) , the same Byzantine paintings is so expressively, their films as well! so , Great culture! To say something about politics, I don't think so, I preferred other kind of items.
About Russian people, I haven’t met them yet, but I am sure they are interesting and nice.