you are right in everything you say, including where you contradict yourself.
Take zemlyanka or dugout. That same echoes also to “dun-geon”, where zeml is replaced by dun and yanka is replaced by geon’
As for ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, remember he who laughs last laughs best.
If you claim that Russian is your native tongue, I am surprised that reform of Russia to a land of forests rather than burnt-out forests would be undesirable to you. Of course, I do not mean ‘reform’ in the sense ex-pres Zatlers “zaķu reforma”, but a reform that is able to return civilization back to its senses. I know very well that today neither Russia, nor the U.S., nor Europe, not to mention small Latvia, can be made liveable with mere reforming. Not 80 mg, but 150 mgs of aspirin is needed to bring oxygen to the governments there. Economic circumstances, not the brains of the governments of the avove mentioned will bring about the people there re-thinking their priorities. Not sterilized ‘vanckari’, a synonym for sterilized pogankas, though not polyankas, will do humankind service in the upcoming time slot.
This is why I advocate Latvia going beyond mere rule-wrought objectivism, to a perception of a good life in a very different climate. I can agree with you (if I read you right) that it seems like a good laugh to try to do so, but if you look at the video clip from Stratfor (above), you may have a lot more unpleasant surprises (downright real ones) awaiting you around the corner or in the near future. In a time of crisis, the innertia of a train, as much of a hahahaha may well run it off the tracks.