Just as a quick note… there is a highly recommendable article on the Washington Post about the supposed rise Russia has been experiencing lately. With news about all these rich russians and the military displays it has been giving in Georgia, it would seem as if the situation in Russia is improving. However as the article explains, there are many troubling problems within Russia’s society.

Definitely worth a read…

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/03/AR2008100301976.html