When talking about Russia, I would say that it’s a country of contradictions.
Here you can find heroism and indifference, genius and chronic stupidity, glory and ruins. It’s probably because Russia is a big country and there is room for everything and everyone.
When it comes to work, you can see the same duality, which is reflected, for example, in Russian proverbs. On the one hand, we say: “Work is not a wolf, it doesn’t escape to the forest”, and “Without hard work, you won’t even catch a little fish in a pond”; on the other, there’s: “You won’t hear a peep from the peasant until the moment he roars” and “Patience and work conquer all”. One the one hand we might say: “The soldier sleeps, the service continues”, and on the other “What the eyes fear, the hands do”. It’s funny, isn’t it? Over the last few years I have been happy to hear these “latter” proverbs more often that those about laziness.