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Russian Population’s Reaction to Skripal Case More Disturbing than a First Glance Suggests, Psychologist Says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Many people have been put off by the bombastic comments of Russians on the street and in the Internet in reaction to the Skripal case, with some suggesting that it shows what Moscow can do when it wants to and even saying that the FSB can and even should do such things in the future. But beneath that appalling show of “infantilism” and “lunacy,”

Moscow Pre-Schoolers Being Taught to Hate America

By Paul Goble, Window on Ukraine In what is a clear violation of Russian law but fully in line with Kremlin policy, kindergarteners in Moscow are being taught to hate America and to ignore any relatives they may have living there about what life is like in the United States, according to Andrey Chernov. On his Facebook page, the Russian blogger reports that his “older daughter writes that in Moscow,

Most people in the West make two fatal mistakes about Moscow ‘media,’ Yakovenko says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Most people in the West continue to make two “fatal” mistakes about the media in Putin’s Russia, Igor Yakovenko says. They assume that Russians who call themselves journalists are in fact journalists and that Russian propaganda is propaganda in the normal sense. “Few in the West understand,” the Russian commentator writes, “what the world is dealing with in the form of the Putin regime

Russians so overwhelmingly apolitical that poll numbers are meaningless, Kagarlitsky says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Given that 90 percent of Russian society is “apolitical,” Moscow commentator Boris Kagarlitsky says, “it is impossible” to say how much support Vladimir Putin or anyone else has. Indeed, asking that question under Russian conditions now is completely inappropriate. This comment from the director of the Institute of Globalization and Social Movements came in response to a question posed by Kazan’s Business Gazeta to a number

Putin Invaded Ukraine to Prevent ‘Ukrainian’ Ideas from Spreading into Russia, Shmelyev Says

The main reason Vladimir Putin invaded Crimea and the Donbass, Aleksandr Shmelyev says, is that he feared that the ideas that had animated Ukrainians at the time of the Maidan would spread into Russia and become the basis of a similar challenge to himself. To prevent that, he acted as he did so as to alienate the two nations from each other. As a result, the former Vzglyad editor and

As screws tighten in Moscow, Russians are turning to diverse regional media, editors say

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia As the Moscow media is increasingly restricted in its operations by the Kremlin, more Russians are turning to media in the regions which are often more diverse and exciting in their coverage than their counterparts in the capital and which can be accessed by the increasingly Internet-savvy regional outlets. The regional media are under pressure as well, but it varies widely from one region

Putin’s Russia now ‘an empire of lies,’ not ‘an evil empire,’ Pastukhov says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia At the everyday level, Vladimir Pastukhov says, it is unlikely that Russians lie more than people in other countries do; but in the public sphere, the lie is not criticized but rather encouraged,” making it “almost the norm of public politics not only in the eyes of the authorities but in those of the population as well. There are many reasons for the official

Trump was ‘Russia’s friend’ in Russian media for only a very brief period, new study says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Many assume that Donald Trump was portrayed in the Russian media as Russia’s friend until last summer when it became clear that he would not be willing or at least able to deliver any improvement in Russian-American relations; but that view is incorrect, according to two scholars at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics. Instead, Anastasiya Kazun and Anton Kazun say the Moscow media was

Putin’s meddling in US elections backfiring on his own allies at home and on Americans who helped them, Shevtsova says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia The Kremlin’s effort to affect the outcome of the 2016 US presidential elections has provoked one consequence Moscow has long wanted – the demoralization of the American elite – but it is having other less welcome ones on both that elite and the Russian one, something only becoming clear, Liliya Shevtsova says. The American investigation into Russia’s involvement is rapidly spreading from a focus

Aleksandr III and a Three-headed dragon: Russian statues send mixed and conflicting messages

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia In Russia today, monuments more than memoranda have become the most favored way of expressing political views at least in part because, however controversial many of them inevitably become, statues allow for multiple interpretations or alternatively for none at all. This weekend brought two examples. In the first, Vladimir Putin dedicated a statue in Russian-occupied Crimea to Emperor Aleksandr III, the embodiment for many

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