Russians do play, but not to the same standards of the play involved in the United States. Communism has a very peculiar way of transforming the population. By Communism, we mean the type of communism that results in the suffering of the population. “Everyone is equal” turns into everyone being equally miserable, and perhaps starving to death as was what happened in the USSR and China.
One unintentional side effect is that it hardens up the surviving population. As a result, Russian has gotten the reputation of quickly resorting to violence and doing crazy stunts such as doing pull-ups off the edge of a skyscraper. When it comes to confrontations, you can say that aren’t likely to play around or turn the other cheek.