The region of the world that was home to the former Soviet Union has, unfortunately, a stereotyped identity in the minds of many Americans. A certain interpretation of the iron-fisted strength of the "motherland."
In the news on NPR this morning, there was a story on growing tension at the Russia/Georgia border, where a local warlord has declared an uprising against Georgia. Georgia claims this warlord is being supported by Russia. Russia has warned Georgia that it will not tolerate instability near its borders.
The Georgian president (or a spokesperson - it was hard to tell) had this to say about the warlord and his nascent uprising (I'm trying for verbatim, but give me a little slack):
"The revolution will be resolutely crushed...the only kind of negotiations I can make will be for the size of their cells..the president and his team will make their mothers weep."
You can't make this up.