Let me be clear, my experience is with Belorussian immigrants. It could be a different story for those who remain.I'm in Belarus ATM...
I think your apply a trait of a small number of people onto many.
The guys I've met haven't come off as perculiar.
I agree about the first part... the 'regime' BS is overblown.
I guess that's easy to say as a foreigner. I guess if you're a broke local normie you just see a guy who's looted the state and pissed off the world.