What does the ordinary Russian think of Australia? Nothing.
We're a blank.
Which is why Australia's leading expert on Russian strategic affairs Alexey Muraviev reckons heightened travel warnings around a spy drama and the World Cup are farcical.
Australia's upgraded travel warning to Russia, host of next month's World Cup, cautions of possible anti-Western harassment, citing heightened political tensions.
"It is really ill-informed, ill-thought advice," Dr Muraviev told AAP.
"It's more a politically-driven warning than an evidence-driven warning.
"Russians don't think of Australia ... so an assumption that Australian visitors would be subjected to some sort of discrimination or attacks is a false premise.
"There is no negative sentiment towards Australia in the minds of ordinary Russians."
The updated warning came in the fall-out from London accusing Moscow of poisoning former double-agent Sergei Skripal in Britain.
The scandal caused diplomatic dominoes around the world, including Australia, with scores of Russian diplomats expelled.
But here's the thing, says Dr Muraviev, Associate Professor of National Security and Strategic Studies at Curtin University.
Ordinary Russians would barely have noticed.
They're too preoccupied with the World Cup.
For Russian football is like Brazilian, without the winning.
"The Russians can be as fanatical about football as the Brazilians are," Dr Muraviev said.
"But the Russian national team has always been not just a cause of disappointment but almost like a cause of national disgrace.
"If the Brits, for example, really want to get back at the Russians and cause serious humiliation, all they need to do is win a couple of matches.
"That will inflict far more pain on the Russians than any sort of boycott."
Russia, ranked 66, the lowest of any World Cup nation, hasn't got out of the group since the 1991 Soviet dissolution; didn't qualify for three of the past five Cups.
Which is why the ordinary Russian has a narrow World Cup focus: on-field performance, not off-field politics.
"The World Cup, it's more important for the Russians themselves rather than for Russia as a nation and its relations to the world," Dr Muraviev said.
"And this leads back to the role of football in Russia's national psyche."
While ordinary Russians ignore the wider political backdrop of the World Cup, Dr Muraviev doesn't.
Eleven Russian cities will host games in a tournament with President Vladimir Putin's fingerprints all over it.
"There are several outcomes the Russians want to get out of the World Cup, one is definitely articulated with Putin himself," Dr Muraviev said.
"Putin is a very strong supporter of sport and professional sport. It can be described as almost like his hobby.
"So there is this personal element with Putin. He has a personal soft spot for this sort of event and he makes it happen."
Putin wants Russia to "showcase to the world that they are the good guys, that they have been unnecessarily demonised".
"They want to project a positive image of Russia, not a Russia you should fear or feel intimidated by, not a Russia that goes and has its detractors poisoned," Dr Muraviev said.
"But a Russia that can actually bring the world together and put on a great show."
With Putin on the job, Russia's World Cup should be hassle-free for Australians among the predicted one million visitors.
"The Russians, and I am saying this with absolute confidence, will do everything in their power to make visitors feel if not at home, certainly really welcome," Dr Muraviev said.
"The only major problem that I see right now is probably that Western visitors may be overcharged in terms of prices."
So Russia, domestically, all good.
But, internationally? There is one "very troubling scenario" to Dr Muraviev.
The war in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russian-backed separatists is at impasse after more than three years.
Dr Muraviev fears that may change, with Russia tested by an eastern Ukrainian offensive leading into the June 14 - July 15 World Cup.
"The Russians sense there may be an escalation of fighting in eastern Ukraine in the coming weeks," he said.
"They may want to test Russia's response, understanding that if Russia would respond militarily, it may risk a boycott of the World Cup.
"Because if eastern Ukraine goes up in flames, Putin will face a massive strategic challenge."
Dr Muraviev said international opinion would swing against Russia if the World Cup host was heavy-handed with any Ukrainian uprising.
"Sporting events can be hijacked ... to put the country of your political opponent in a disadvantageous position," he said.
"So I cannot rule out that we might see some sort of escalation of tension, as well as possible increase in terrorist activity, prior to the World Cup in Russia."