The statistics show that in Russia only 10 percent live well, while 75 percent are in poverty. It is worse in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan.
In the outer space, meaning the rest of the world, illusions alternate with despair, except perhaps in some peaceful places, like Norway, where a prevailing natural wisdom may not be easily explained.
There are also lesser exceptions, like the Ukrainian diaspora that lives by its own checkout register. It is based on being blindsided to socioeconomic and political numbers in its own backyard, while concentrating on what it thinks is important in Ukraine — mostly downhill since the assumption of power by the Regions Party in February 2010.