I swear I've heard every horror story about Russia ever spoken. While I still hope I'll see a bear on a unicycle, there are a few myths I need to bust right away.
The border is a male dominated place, but I was controlled by as many female officers as male officers. And I was thoroughly controlled!
The drivers are crazy and careless, but somehow they show respect for the riders. Much more than in other places, generally considered as "more civilized".
Russians are aggressive, but they are without question some of the most friendly people I've ever met.
I guess the people telling these horror stories have never been to Russia. However, they should. Might open their eyes and their minds a little bit.