The people there like Americans, not sure about the Goverment. They are quick to grant visas tho, they love them dollars :-D
Actually things arent as cheap in Russia as you would think. Apartments are cheap, cigs are $1 a pack, food is somewhat cheap, and vodka, very cheap lol.
Cars, clothes, electronics, etc are VERY expensive there. Im speaking for eastern Russia where i was for a month. Moscow is a different place. Every other car you see is Bmw, Benz, Audi, Porsche. POS apts are $4k a month. It's been declared the most expensive city in the world 2 years in a row. If i had the balls and some capital, i would start a exporting business to there.