As a Zapadnik who lived in Russia, this is patently false. Russia does have a history of authoritarianism baked into its institutions (which can be traced back to the russian princes using the mongols to destroy medieval urban democratic assemblies called "Veche". If anything I would say quite the opposite: Russians are a very free-minded people. What they ARE good at is ACCEPTING Authoritarian rule under one proviso: they, as an individual, can break the rules set. Russians are crafty (tbh most slavs are, it's an outcome of dispersed rural life in europe that peoples that live in it because creative with resources), and if there is a rule they will find a way to skirt around it. Now ofc if you think you're gonna get caught, you keep to the rules, but if not, then fuck it. The police aren't here.
It's actually one of the reasons that lockdown has been met with such resistance in Russia. I'm a bong, we are also an authoritarian society. People accepted the rules here because we have a culture of "fairness", aka that we will accept being stamped on as long as everyone is doing it equally or we deserve it (we are such fucking masochists but that's another point). Russia, however, the "genetically servile", HATED the lockdown rules, THere were riots in ossetia and people joining the now infamous Soviet Citizen movement because they believed Corona was fake. Why? Because I
can't break lockdown rules. They're too strict, and require neigh-universal adherence to work.
So yeah, russians aren't servile, they actively break rules: but only so they don't get caught and IMO in a kinda individualistic manner. |That's just my views of it.