It has been less than 20 years since the Cold War ended and the Berlin Wall began to be demolished. The Russian Federation began in 1991, replacing the USSR. The effort at continued goodwill is welcome.
On an exploratory trip to Ural University (founded in 1920) here in Yekaterinburg, we noticed vestiges of Soviet influence. The 9' tall wooden double-doors on classrooms had been painted and overlaid with steel walls and heavy, steel locking doors.
Our first apartment had the same heavy door, so that we had to turn the key four times--to open it, or to close it after we were in. Old habits die hard. Even though times have changed, our brand new apt. has the same heavy, steel door--with multiple bolts. It closes with an ominous, heavy-metal echo.