Unparalleled Sympathy for President Putin in Syria
Ordinary Syrians consider the Russian president to be a saviour
Originally Appeared at Contra-Magazine. Translated from the German by Werner Schrimpf
Russia’s president is enjoying popularity in Syria like never before. The reason for this might be the anti-terror mission of Russian forces. These forces were invited by Syria’s president Assad and have lasted since September 30th of last year. Above all, Russia supports Syria by providing humanitarian aid so that Syria can reestablish itself.
The Russia news agency Sputnik cites an article from Spanish magazine El Pais, stating that the popularity of President Putin has reached all time highs in Syria. Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has gained additional sympathy as well.
Now plans are being made that the Russian language should be the first foreign language to be taught in Syrian schools. Another indicator for President Putin’s popularity are the Putin fan items that are offered and sold in the bazaar located near the central Umayyaden mosque.
Once can clearly deduce from the Twitter images that Syrian citizens are not impressed by lying Western mainstream media. President Assad and President Putin are overwhelmingly celebrated as heroes by the broad majority of the population.
This fact is well reflected in the press coverage of Spanish magazine, El Pais.
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