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Most of the Russians I've known have been very nice, generous, kind, welcoming, etc. I've known a bunch, too; Russian was my first foreign language. :) There are exceptions in every society and culture, of course.
As in the USA, but in a different way, Russian social and cultural life is these days being shaped (negatively for the most part) by very biased, propagandistic media. This is unfortunate and will continue to stand in the way of more open-minded engagement with the outside world, for both countries, I think.2