They discuss the Soviet and post-Soviet experience, the rise of mass cynicism and the parallels between the politics of Russia and America today. ‘Russian officials are on the one hand masterminding the takeover of Ukraine, and on the other writing dissident lyrics for rock bands. To them they can do it all. Viv Groskop interviews Sana Krasikov about her novel The Patriots. They are above consistency.’ – Sana Krasikov.