The New Cold War Putin’s Russia and the Threat to the West***1/2 And you thought Russia was no longer a threat? Where exactly have you been hiding your head in the sand? While he doesn’t advocate home bomb shelters the author Edward Lucas does provide information about the power yielded by Russia due to large oil and gas reserves (he calls this chapter “Pipeline Politics) – a huge boon in today’s energy wars. If you missed it - the KGB never really went out of business – it just changed it’s name --- and journalists and others are feeling it’s power if they “upset” the powers that be (Putin perhps). Shades of polonium?