More like driving on the less damaged side of the road.
In 90s crosswalks were decorative, seat-belts non existent and drunk driving a norm. This was mostly due to lack of cars in soviet union which led to poor infrastructure and no road culture being developed. You could cross most roads anytime, anywhere, cars were slow, sparse and mostly owned by nomenclature, so they could drive whatever way they wanted without fearing consequences.
I don't know about Russia but around here there are lots of campaigns to change this. Any new roads and renovated old ones are brought up to European standards, lots of purging and internal control in police to enforce laws, campaigns to weed out ignorance regarding certain laws - e.g. now almost everyone wears seat belts and you can safely use crosswalk and be yielded to.