Hej, BB! Sorry for being late... I didn't see that message.
However I'm afraid I can't help you much. Generally I attend forums if they provide me with opportunity of both: learning something about a folk I'm interested in, its culture, people's turn of mind etc and practicing a language I don't want to lose. The PF gives me that chance although I'm now experiencing a period while I find the forum rather yawnful.
As for the Russian forums I do not attend them at all but I can look for some...
Here is Russia com forum. It seems to be pretty big board, yet I'm not sure you'll find there any sober persons. If I accidentally happen to run onto some Russian board I find readable, I'll let you know.
Of course but if they get too uppity the goverment pulls Politkovskaya, and they're still a minority.
My guess is that Politkovkaja was killed because she'd stuck her nose too far in Kadyrov's business. She has never been that harmful for the government and putin himself, yet putin was aware of that she was to be taken out of the way and she finally was killed by Kadyrov's people under his protection and with his connivance. They're in minority everywhere. I may only share the point that they're being killed in Russia far more often.
Sasha the problem with "prawda" audience is that it represents the majority, of course there's some objective people in Russia, but voices defending human rights and freedoms are few and far between.
As I already said friendly, open-minded people were in minority everywhere.
you cannot keep a complete censorship and have internet and cell phones at the same time but for the most part the country is being ruled by mafia and former KGB, people are being fed rubbish from all directions.
They think they can. lol I'm not sure if heard about that but they're gonna ban skype as it can't be tracked.
The problem with Russia is its history and upbringing, the country and the nation had a history of ruthless bullying and exploitation both abroad and towards its own people, todays Russians are for better or worse children of this infexible, cruel regime, its not just a question of communism but also of the Tsars.
Of course there's ethical, moral people in Russia who want a better life and a better future for their nation but they're individuals typically devoured by the masses
Different nations have their own, different weak spots and skeletons in closets.