It seems that the people really like and respect the Russians because they helped them build schools and built hospitals to help conquer a STD epidemic in the 1960's. I asked our guide about the purges, which killed about 5% of the population, and she said that people here are very forgiving. It seems strange that the statues of Stalin (update: make that Lenin) have been pulled down in most places, but they still stand proudly here.
The Chinese on the other hand are not well liked at all. I asked our guide and she said something about being cheated on roadways.