If a perfect photograph of Russia has ever been taken, it’s surely this one (click it to see it full size) by talented freelancer Jeremy Nicholl fora magazine piece on Gorky Park. The image of a so-called “mother” dangling her nude infant above a frozen expanse of water while perched precariously on a steep embankment of ice while her semi-nude husband makes a feeble grab for her shirttails really is worth a thousand screams. No, she’s not saving the little fellow from the frigid water, she’s dipping him in it while he screams with agony, a tradition many Russians consider charming. This is the country that dares to claim American adoptive parents, who are far, far less likely to murder a Russian child than Russian parents, are a serious risk to Russia’s future. This is a country not long for this world.