We should keep in mind that they migrated the data out to a new system fairly recently, and they might just be consolidating things over to russia.
I'm using this as an excuse to move ahead with closing down shop here though. LJ's an ex-trend populated with fandom and other fringes anymore. Everybody's on Facebook and Twitter for social and blogs are just another click in the RSS reader now.
EDIT: If you're on a mac, I recommend using this to backup: