Russian culture is typically explained to Australians through a Western lens that sees it as an opposing force. This has fostered a negative opinion of the Russian government. According to the Spring 2017 Global Attitudes Survey, 75% of Australians think the government of Russia doesn't respect the personal freedoms of its people.
Such descriptions that focus on politics may misconstrue motivating factors from the Russian perspective. As such, it becomes valuable for Australians to separate their view of Russia's position in geopolitics from their understanding of Russian people and society. Please continue on to learn more about Russian culture.