If you have a spare half hour or so, listen to this excellent, frequently fascinating podcast from 'The Interpreter'
"This week on The Interpreter podcast Boston College Professor Matt Sienkiewicz and The Interpreter’s managing editor James Miller are joined by The Interpreter’s editor-in-chief Michael Weiss to discuss the latest news from Ukraine.
The key questions on everyone’s mind — will Russia invade Ukraine? What is Russia’s end game here? Why is Putin doing what Putin is doing? And what does this all have to do with the shooting down of MH17?"
One of the speakers explains: To understand Russia...watch 'The Godfather' or series like 'The Sopranos'...