I wasn't trying to bash the Russians. The west has plenty of its own
bigotry - but Russia is noticeably quite different from the west, which can
be easy to forget.
It's certainly no excuse, and it would be just as much of an issue if this
were playing out in, say, Iran - the difference is that people consider
Russians more like 'us' than the Iranians, so expect more alignment in
values. Which would actually be a false assumption.
At least that's my perspective; happy to be corrected.
But I agree with your sentiment, and I didn't mean my comment to come across as defeatist.