The following is probably a pretty accurate description of what has begun to happen all across Russia. But after all, how would we feel if Russia had sanctioned our country, forbade others to trade with us and reduced our dollar to half its value by depriving normal trade with other countries––and fomented a war in Mexico or Canada on our borders?
Our delegation of American citizens may be going into the country next week that is having second thoughts about their original glorification of all things American.
The email below arrived today. First we hear from a young Simon in Russia who comments very sensitively and intelligently on the article. Next comes the article published by RUSSIA INSIDER, the brainchild of Charles Bausman. Charles' father was the UP Bureau Chief in the USSR when he was a child. He grew up in Moscow and developed a bi-cultural mindset while there. When American PR got so twisted regarding Russia a year ago, he determined to start a private news service. RUSSIA INSIDER is the result. In the past six months Charles has launched and has breathed life and fire into getting out what he sees to be the real information about Russia.
Comment from Simon in Russia:
I second quite a lot of this article below. Being a 20-year expat in Russia myself I have never seen such a surge in patriotism (in Russia). Many of my Russian friends are what one would consider, young, savvy, educated. And in the past most, but not all, tended to be very down on their country, and Putin too, they would often talk about wanting a new life abroad in the West. I found it embarrassing, I was always far more positive about the opportunities in Russia and the greatness of this country than they were.
But this last year and a half - what a turn around. Quite simply the majority of the Russians I know are DISGUSTED with the West. And they are rejecting it on so many levels. Not just its miltarism but Its products, its brands, as a holiday destination, its liberal values, its version of democracy. They have rediscovered that for all these things there is and was 'Nasha' version - something that is ours (Russian, or even Soviet) and belongs here, but which was previously denounced as sub-standard.