Russia is the largest country in Europe and the most powerful. It appears to be uninvadable. Napolean failed. The Nazis failed as well. Russia was the first to get involved with rescuing the Jews. Russia definitely has some strong will and an enduring population.
They have invented an arsenal of weapons including the Ballistic Knife , the AK-47 , and the PKP Pecheneg . The popular youtube sensation FPS Russia very accurately portrays the toughness, the arrogance and the extreme awesomeness of Russians.
Russia is also heavily advanced in the exploration of outer space. Between 1957 and 1975, Russian Cosmonauts butted heads with Americans in space exploration. Russia launched Sputnik , the first artificial satellite on the 4th of October in 1957. Stan Lee (creator of many Marvel Comics characters) even stated in his synopsis of the Fantastic Four comics "We might want to make it a trip to the stars instead of mars because the Russians might have already made it to the red planet by then."