One of your countrymen, Arkady Ostrovsky, is a pretty impressive guy.
I have read his book, The Invention of Russia.
That book explains a lot.
This week I am reading his contribution to The Economist: http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21708879-when-soviet-union-collapsed-25-years-ago-russia-looked-set-become-free-market?frsc=dg%7Cc
That continues in kind.
If any of you do exist, after reading The Economist, you might want to read a blog post I put up in June of 2014: http://noellivefromparis.blogspot.com/2014/06/dont-try-to-talk-to-russians-in-paris.html
And, if you exist, and if you hang in there with me through all of the above, I recommend that you read Mr. Ostrovsky’s book: the last chapter, Aerial Combat, will give you the basis for a gigantic LOL; the chapter exposes the utter naiveté of my blog post.
Here is an absolutely non sequitur of an image; but I was proud to have taken it: