In terms of corruption, violence, risk of doing business, high disease rates, and in many other ways, Russia is very much like Africa. Scan the global maps for different rankings, and note the many similarities between Africa and Russia.
In many ways Russia is like a third world country. Worse, it is like an African third world country.
In former centuries, Russians were a greater people than they are under Putin’s mafia rule. They were able to achieve control over large areas of land — and were able to produce enough strong and hardy people to manage the land. In the new era of mafia control, ethnic Russians are fading and being replaced by Central Asians of the Muslim persuasian.
That is one way at least that Russia does not resemble African nations: African nations are likely to double in population over the next several decades, whereas ethnic Russian populations are likely to halve in size.
Perhaps that is why some Russians want to import large numbers of males from India in an attempt to rejuvenate the Russian spirit with some foreign stock. Soon, those same Russians may decide to import large numbers of African males to assist in this re-birth of a newer, more procreative Russia.
If so, some things would change in Russia, but many things would stay the same. Time will tell.