FTS, every Russian and Soviet despot with exception of Gorbachev had extensive support of Russian population. They just loved them. This was even unbelievable even for other communist countries. In Central Europe dictators are very rare. A.H. was an exception who fanaticized and deceived his nations. Today's Germans do not feel much about returning into ideology of National Socialism. Russians do, they want recreation of USSR, but even with less national freedom to suppress possible disintegration. France had also its dictatorship under Jacobins. Yet, they do not dream about bringing guillotine and exporting their republicanism as they did during the Wars of I. Coalition.
Russia does not have strong economy, it is shell of former USSR. It does not have alliance nor ally. Because China voiced support to it, it does not equal alliance. Czechoslovakia had widespread support from antisoviet socialist countries in 1968 like China, Yugoslavia, and Albania (it withdrew from Warsaw Pact on protest), they were not its ally, nor there was whatsoever military treaty nor support. They complained with the invasion, but that was the most they did. Russia has nothing in the term of economy to influence the world at this time. Its GDP is equal level of Italy. Its exports in much smaller than Netherlands. It is 3rd world country with nukes. China would not sacrifice itself on behalf of Russia to piss USA. Money is where it matters, and Russia is running out of them. They would be lucky if their currency does not totally collapse and they would not resort to barter and rations.
Russia will kick around, and if not stopped, they will occupy everyone who does not have nukes. As we used to say under communists, that Russia border with anyone who she feels like to. However, due uncritical admiration of everything Russian, they can count on widespread support in the West and elsewhere who see it as some kind of good and holy country meaning the best. When I traveled during the Cold War in the West, I had hard time to explain that we did not like communism, nor want Russians to be there, nor anyone had interest to be a part of Russia. Many Westerners did not understand it. You are more than welcome to live there. I would rather be homeless man in NYC or Montreal than living in country controlled by Russia. Hundreds of thousands of Czechoslovaks, Hungarians, and Poles who run from Soviet/Russian control would agree with me on that.