I contemplate Vladimir Putin's speech to the Valdai Discussion Club, which is being much discussed by others. The more I think about it, the more it seems like a continuing whine about not being appreciated nearly enough. However, this post is a serious examination in the style of international relations studies, with just a bit of psychologizing at the end.
Russia is pouring troops and military equipment into eastern Ukraine and, of course, denying it. BBC, RFE/RL.
Russia detains some American students at a conference for apparently no reason at all.
Russians come in many different ethnic groups.
Elaborate burial practices in North America 11,500 years ago.