Today I had the pleasure to read, that Putin blamed ethnic minorities in Russia, such as Tatars, Jews and Ukrainians on the U.S. election interference. It is sad, but not unsurprising that anything imaginable is blamed on ethnic and religious minorities in Russia. Russia has a long history of being a colonial power and suppressing everything, that is not Slavonic and christian-orthodox, despite the fact, that Russia is supposed to be a multicultural state since czar Ivan the Terrible decided to invade and conquer the Tatar Khanate of Kazan. And today members of the parliament, such as Pyotr Tolstoy, yes he is descendant if the famous writer Lev Tolstoy, wear shirts and sweaters, that are printed with the following slogan „Orthodoxy or Death“. This mindset was one of the reasons, why I put much effort to be stripped off the Russian citizenship, because no matter how fluent your Russian is, no matter how many of your relatives died for and because of this country, no matter what, as soon as you are a Iosseliani, Mikoyan, Mammatov, Jamiliyev, Nemtsov etc. you are a second class citizen at the very best and are blamed for everything that ever could go wrong, no matter what.
If you want to paint the perfect picture of the current state of mind of the average Russian, imagine a naked Putin jerking off in front of a mirror and telling himself how great he is at doing it to himself. Basically Russia is screwing itself up, but it is alright as long as no minorities are involved and if anything bad happens, then you have the minorities to blame on.
As long as a noticeable amount of the Russian population keeps to have this chauvinistic mindset towards minorities in Russia, there is no hope for Russia. But Russia is not the only one in this minority-blame-game. There are a couple of other failed empires, who keep indulging themselves in past greatness and being the hostages of their very own delusions of grandeur.