Something has happened in the Kremlin, the attitude has changed. they used to just shoot you or put you in jail or take your money if they did not like you. That has changed, I am not quite sure why.
They also have vast resources in Russia. It is not a big debtor nation like Spain or America, it has a balance of trade surplus in most years, so it could be a fantastic investment destination if they have the right attitude. (iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index ETF (EEM), Market Vector Russia ETF Trust (RSX))