Sorry that is RIDICULOUS. And shameful. Though you guys were the land of the free. But the world outside your borders is off limits apparently. Have you seen The Truman Show?
The world beyond the U.S. is hardly off limits! I travel abroad as much as I can, and thoroughly enjoyed my first visits to Spain and Iceland last August. Indeed, I hope to be able to return to both of these wonderful countries as soon as possible. If you haven't been to them - go! You won't be disappointed.
I also go out of my way to be kind (and helpful, if desired) to foreign visitors that I meet not just here in Los Angeles but throughout America. I believe this is only right considering the fact that I have been treated with the utmost kindness and respect in all of my travels to Asia, Europe and Latin America throughout my life. I hope my efforts - however small and infrequent they may be in the grand scheme of things - have had the same positive impact on people visiting my country that countless foreigners have had on me while traveling abroad.
Perhaps it should be noted that, in addition to traveling on a U.S. passport, I am gay. As such, I felt *extremely* welcome in Spain. Chechnya aside, Russia does not seem to be the kind of place that is actively persecuting gays. In fact, I understand Moscow has quite a lively gay scene. However, unless there is a major international event like the Olympics or World Cup going on, Russia certainly doesn't seem to make much of an effort to allow gay people of any nationality to feel safe from frequent harassment and, sadly, even hate crimes. While I hope to someday be able to explore the rich culture and vast nature that Russia has to offer, it isn't a country at the top of my list to visit anytime soon.
The point I was trying to make is that many Americans with the means and desire to travel internationally are simply not comfortable visiting Russia at this time. Although SU does have a relatively substantial U.S. operation to IAD, LAX, MIA and JFK it seems like these services may heavily rely on folks connecting to international destinations beyond SVO. To be sure, those looking for cheap fares between the U.S. and Western Europe may very well want to consider taking SU. It does sound like a pretty nice airline - whilst in the air, and if you are white! Not that it should matter any more than being gay but perhaps it should also be said that I am white.