He then said that he continued to work on acquiring fluency in Russian but was not sure whether he would ever be fluent in it. He said that Russian is an extremely difficult and complex language. He then went on to wonder how such a primitive people (and the early Russians were that) could have ever come up with such a language, one that is so elegant and capable of so many nuances that one can express almost anything in it.
Perhaps the great novels of Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and others may be explained by the tool (Russian) that they had available.
I disagree about the primitivism. Read about Kyiv Rus’. Visit St. Sophia (built in the 9th century) or the Lavra Monastary in Kyiv as evidence of the “primitivism” of this society.