Maybe the question is a little too broad, but what do media, government and people in Russia think about Chinese belt and road initiative when it comes to its effect in Russia?
What do you understand by the term "Chinese belt and road initiative"?
In Russia, we understand that China pursues its own interests, and in this respect you could catch a change in the foreign policy rhetoric of Russian representatives - if earlier in our speeches some countries we called "friendly", now only "partners" are left.
Just business and nothing personal, as the Russian politicians say.
If you want a mutually beneficial cooperation - Russia has something to interest you. If you want enmity - Russia has something to answer these challenges.
Speaking specifically about China, at present China has proved to be a much more reliable partner than Western countries. In connection with this, major infrastructure problems are now being implemented in Russia in cooperation with China.
The main ones are the construction of the "Power of Siberia" gas pipeline, the construction of a high-speed railway from Moscow to Kazan, followed by an extension to Yekaterinburg and Ulyanovsk, through which trains will move at speeds up to 360 km/h, as well as the implementation of the development of the North sea route, which will reduce the length of the shipping route from China to Europe almost three times (5,600 kilometers against 14,000 kilometers, if floating through the Suez canal). In addition, the Baikal-Amur railway and the TRANS-Siberian railway are being upgraded to increase their capacity. This will also make it possible to implement a joint program to create a "great silk road" from China to Europe. In General, investments from China are now helping to improve Russia's infrastructure in the Siberian part and in the far Eastern region of Russia, and this is a task, in its complexity and volume of investments comparable to the colonization of the moon or Mars.