On the fate of that article about Russia: I'll be editing it as my writing mentor got back to me and told me IT WAS VERY GOOD. Which blew me away. He said I was a natural at reporting. That is be a good journalist. Who would've thought! But he said that my fiction is undisciplined and tends to run away from me, and I need to learn how to retrain it.
So I'll be looking for a magazine to sell it! The article. I'll keep you posted. If I won't sell it, I'll post it on my blog.