My hatred of all things Russian grows stronger every day. I have always considered Russia to be a peculiar country, drunk, raw, but proud and stable. I have admired Russia's many unprecedented achievements in the field of technology and a kind of almost steampunk-like path of development, not necessarily bad and in many ways surprisingly effective and functional.
I come from the former Czechoslovakia and I dare to say : The Soviet Union did not liberate us, it conquered us. We exchanged one occupier for another. I owe the Soviets (and Russia) absolutely nothing, not even for fighting the Germans. It is little mentioned that the Soviets sided with the Nazis and joined the Allies only because the Nazis betrayed and invaded them. I might have been more forgiving if they had behaved like the US and left us democracy and freedom after the war, but that didn't happen, they only achieved their unsavoury goals alongside the Allies, not Nazi Germany. So what should I be grateful to them for?