redacted version of the Mueller Report, concluding that no criminal conspiracy occurred between the Trump Campaign and the Kremlin, the volume and intensity of the media coverage of this subject has visibly diminished. Some scarce attempts at post-mortem analysis of this topic, which had dominated public discourse, are taking place, with most media outlets defending their Russia reporting. While the deflation of the “Russia scare” might be a good thing, dismissing the actual problem with the Kremlin is not. Sooner or later President Trump will leave office, while President Putin is here to stay for the foreseeable future. And it is about time that Russia observers in the West wake up to a better, more nuanced understanding of Russia and its current regime.