Where I used to live there were a lot of Russian and Ukranian immigrants, some Jewish who escaped the never-ending prejudice and discrimination and others more fundamentalist Christian types who also wanted more religious freedom. They were hard working people and good citizens with extremely close family ties. I was always impressed how families worked together to buy homes as quickly as they could. In my mind I separate the people from the govt.
Despite the current and historical animosities I can see a day where Russia will become more a part of Europe and the Western world in alliance against the other two rising forces that want to dominate the world….China and the Muslim world.