The “People” of Russia are not the enemy.
On a trip from Moscow to St. Petersburg (August 25 to Sept 5) it became obvious that the people of Russia have many of the same issues and concerns that we do. The first is traffic. It took 2 hours on a bus to get from Moscow airport across town because of streets jammed with traffic. All the parking spaces are filled or being filled. An interesting note about the cars is that more than half of the cars are the Kia brand. One of our local guides mentioned that more and more families are needing two cars. The unskilled jobs are now filled by migrants from far off states that used to be a part of the Soviet Union.
A visit to a secondary school was interesting that one of the issues teachers are facing is cell phones in the classrooms. Religious freedom is now the policy where once it was not. Cathedrals and churches have been restored and are mostly used as museums (used as churches on special occasions). One guide who was elderly mentioned that when he was in grade school, being seen going into a church would get you expelled from school.
The cost of housing is a new issue since the collapse of communism when all housing belonged to the state. Inflation is making that cost more of an issue (How many of us could afford to move to Seattle?). There are of course lots of cultural differences (their history is a lot different) to see.
My conclusion at the end of the trip is that the leadership of our two countries are the real problem for us and the people of Russia. In day to day living we are quite alike.