This isn't the first time Mr Shatin has made a country-wide trek for charity, having already completed a run across Japan in November prior to his Australian challenge.
Mr Shakin says he's looking to gain a sense of perspective throughout his latest challenge.
"I listened to this book while I was running across Japan, called Thirst by Scott Harrison," Shakin said.
"It's the autobiography of the CEO of Charity:Water; this book inspired me to do Australia in the summer, because it's going to be hot and I wanted to feel what those people who don't have water feel like."
Shakin is now almost 2,000 kilometres in his journey, however still has over 1,200 to go as he continues towards Sydney; he anticipates to arrive in approximately three weeks.
As for what Swan Hill has to offer for Shakin, he says it's a nice town with a few perks for him.
"I have a friend that I get to visit here, plus I ordered in new shirts to be picked up here so I've been looking forward to that," Shakin said.
To follow Ruslan's journey, visit the Run Across Australia Facebook page, or donate to the cause at https://au.gofundme.com/6gu5kl4.