I traveled to Russia in January 2017. When President Trump was being inaugurated, I was in the back of a taxi listening to it through a Russian radio and getting two thumbs up from my cab driver. I went to Russia because it was an interesting time to be in Russia. I went to Russia to see how Russian Muslim society looked (Tartars). I went to Russia because I wanted to be in both the East and the West. I went to Russia because I wanted to know the actual people, the real Russians, behind the looming, sometimes scary name Russia has for itself in Western media. My travels took me to the capital city, Moscow, to the former capital, St. Petersburg, and to the capital of the autonomous Tatar/Muslim region Tatarstan, Kazan.