Culture Magazine

Anxiety and Nationalism in Russia

By Bbenzon @bbenzon

"[...] current opinion of America [...] this year sank to its lowest level since the Soviet Union collapsed nearly 24 years ago, according to polling by the Levada Analytical Center in Moscow.

Anti-Americanism is more potent now because it is stirred up and in many ways sponsored by the state, an effort that Russians, despite their hard-bitten cynicism, seem surprisingly susceptible to. Independent voices are all but gone from Russian television, and most channels now march to the same, slickly produced beat. Virtually any domestic problem, from the ruble's decline to pensioners' losing subsidies on public transport, is cast as a geopolitical standoff between Russia and America, and political unrest anywhere is portrayed as having an American State Department official lurking behind it.

Some Russians, of course, are on to the game:

The low opinion of America, Mr. Gudkov said, is not a permanent condition. The resentment seems to have more to do with Russians themselves than with any American action, a kind of defensive, free-floating expression of current anxieties.

But the biggest question is where it is all leading. Some Russians aren't sticking around to find out.

"I don't like what's happening now," said Alexander Yeremeyev, an Internet entrepreneur, walking with his family in Sokolniki, a park in central Moscow. "Now we're all supposed to unite against what - the U.S., Europe, cheese?"

There's a lot of this going on in America, too. But there's no convenient enemy everyone can agree on, so we have a fractured politics where various groups push their favorite enemies.


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Great Video Out of Russia

    Looks like the Russians are copying the finest of Western culture. In case you are wondering, those girls are probably 15-16 years old. Read more

    By  Calvinthedog
    POLITICS, SOCIETY
  • The Looting of Russia

    The recently assassinated Russian opposition politician Nemtsov’s political party was disliked by probably 95% of Russians. The last time he ran for President,... Read more

    By  Calvinthedog
    POLITICS, SOCIETY
  • It Isn't Scots Nationalism, It's English 'hatredism'

    It's embarrassing watching a nation of normally intelligent people rushing to make total arses of themselves but, alas, there's no stopping the Jocks - and by... Read more

    By  Davidduff
    HUMOR, SOCIETY
  • Victory Day in Russia, Prelude

    Victory Russia, Prelude

    Aside from the growing list of world leaders who will not be attending the annual Victory Day celebration on 9 May, and besides the embarrassing breakdown of on... Read more

    By  Mendeleyeev
    DESTINATIONS, POLITICS, SOCIETY
  • 70th Anniversary of Victory Day in Russia

    70th Anniversary Victory Russia

    It felt different. It looked different. It was different. The Moscow observance of Victory Day has historically been the trendsetter for other regional... Read more

    By  Mendeleyeev
    DESTINATIONS, POLITICS, SOCIETY
  • Russia: Buying Or Selling a Home

    Russia: Buying Selling Home

    In recent weeks, several readers have inquired as to real estate prices in Russia, and specifically in relation to the ongoing economic crisis in Russia. Read more

    By  Mendeleyeev
    DESTINATIONS, POLITICS, SOCIETY
  • White Nationalism, Sex and Gender

    Roosh is a Bahai (and a Bundy) wrote:“On Sluthate they call guys like him stormcels = Stormfront incels.” LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! To be fair ... Read more

    By  Calvinthedog
    POLITICS, SOCIETY

Paperblog Hot Topics