Disclaimer: I know very little about Russia compared to other countries. I'm thinking most of my impressions of Russia are wrong in important ways. If I went on a Wikipedia binge and read up on a lot of news, my opinions would probably change remarkably. And a lot of my observations are comparative, so what I think of my own country will influencing things as well. Different Americans think very different things about America, so I'm not representative.
Speaking as an American, white, male, mid-20s: Russia's government is corrupt, but not nearly as corrupt as many other governments. People there are very stoic, and are more likely to readily get involved in physical disputes. Quality of life is about the same as the U.S. in many respects. They pioneered much of space flight, and continue to maintain the ability to put humans in space, that calls for major respect. They are more prejudiced than people in the U.S., particularly with respect to the LGBT community. But things like Pussy Riot indicate that Russia has passionate individuals who want to make a difference. The language has a pleasing sound. People there care about the same things as people here and everywhere else: Food, shelter, family, friends, self-worth, social status. We're more alike and than we are different.
Regarding Crimea, I think it sucks, but again, I'm not educated near as much as I ought to be.
If you would like to challenge any of my impressions, I am very open to that. Reading materials, news stories, art and culture, events in history, anecdotes, etc.