I have had a radio amateur operator’s license for many years. During the cold war I sometimes communicated with amateurs in Eastern Europe.Today I use the Internet and Skype. I have some contacts inside Russia.
The Russians have seen the break up of the USSR and the eastward expansion of NATO. After the coup d’etat in the Ukraine the Russians fear, not without justification, they will be next.
Economic sanctions could be a first step.
For your careful consideration,
Gordon Ball, Ottawa, Canada