Anyone that thinks "average Russian's freedoms" do not exist is still living in the cold war times and needs to catch up on what the world is like now. Russia for the most part, it's people live just like everywhere else they have credit cards shop for the same goods we do and drive cars, rase kids, go to University etc. The funny part is Russia has a lot less regulation and protect for some groups (ex. gays) than the US or Europe when it comes to safety like many conservatives in the US would love to see.
just check out any "we love russia" videos on youtube and wish you had the freedom to do some of the dumb stuff they get to