Russians are impressed with size and numbers and much that they do is on a grand scale. This is not unusual for such a vast country.
Russians think of themselves as members of the communalism lies deep in the vastness of the Great Russian Plain.
Nature has not been kind to Russia. Much of European Russia and Siberia is very cold most of the year. In Old Russia, people could do little during winter months. But in spring there was much to be done, and in a short period of time. This explains why Russians often are inactive for long periods of time and then shows bursts of energy. The harsh climate explains the Russians strength, their ability to overcome hardships, as well as their patience and submission. Climate has also made them cautious.
Their cruel climate, harsh history, and skeptical outlook on life have made Russians value stability, security, social order, and predictability, and to avoid risk.
To understand the Russians, one must know from where they come.