Request for monitoring/reviews of local press and internet sources are welcomed. I’m in a good position to observe the moods and attitudes in the rural and small town Russia. Whatever I can contribute to bringing this ugly story out in the open, I will. Not that Russians, in mass, seem to be concerned how they look, or possible isolation, with yet another enemy – and these Ukrainians are experts in the art of hatred, long and intense – added along the country’s borders.
If anybody cares about my explanation of what’s happening, I’d turn to the psychology of the masses which, in turn, is shaped by history. Russians are descendants of Mongols for whom looting was the foundation of their culture, the backbone of their economy, and everything else, including the source of meaning and self-esteem. A rat will gnaw at things even when it does not need to just because it is a rat and its nature requires it to use its incisors, or else they will grow through its lower jaw. Russians will engage into wars just because conflict is their natural environment. No conflict bring stagnation. I’m not saying it in any judgemental way. I’m still enough of a biologist to remember that things are what they are, and moral imperatives are either a fiction or belong to a different world. To be Russian is to fight, or to ruminate over past fights, or to think of future ones. When conditions are right, it happens.