The political attitude of leaders in Moscow dictated our ability to get into the USSR in June 1988. They were open then to new possibilities. When Jim Stimpfle and I worked to get the Friendship Flight going, we had people in Moscow we could deal with. 26 years later, as I operate a Russian radio network inside Moscow, I can tell you, we don’t have people we can work with at the top (Putin and his entourage). Sadly, it impacts the work of the friends and neighbors in the Bering Strait region, and we won’t see any serious new development until our official relations reflect similar foundations and goals. Perhaps the people of Alaska and Chukotka can remind our leaders, once again, that we want to be true friends and neighbors. Current Kremlin policies will not allow this, especially as anti-Americanism is pushed daily across Russian state media, poisoning Russian minds against us. Keep working for peace, but realize that the only serious binding tie is a spiritual one based on what Christ has done for us.