There are some missing details here that should not be lost for context in your story. I had a Finnish American teacher who told us in 8th grade about the local people who were sent to defend the White Russian oligarchs, and lost. When I was being trained to fear Russians in the military, that story stayed in my mind. I feel that much of the anti-Russia propaganda fits with early 20th century American Imperialism, and by avoiding this label, we allowed a lot of history books to play dumb. There’s a lot of hidden stories out there beyond the car salesmen on the 6 o’clock fear channels.