Russophobia goes back a lot further than you might think
The information war waged against Russia, with Russophobia and demonization of Russia being at the tip of the spear, has achieved a measure of success. Russia is to blame for everything bad that happens in the world, and if you analyse today’s media, you’ll see that from Russia there is either only ever bad news or no news at all. Russia’s image is especially bad in German media, where you may find not a single positive publication about Russia. Being tarnished at every opportunity, Russia is subject to the craziest lies and hoaxes, and debunked claims receive no media attention at all.
Obviously if you encounter only good or only bad reviews about something, then you have to review the phenomenon yourself, as did Guy Mettan, swiss politician and publicist.
Mettan is the author of the book Russia and the West: a Thousand Year War. As the title implies, it is about the long history of Russophobia in the West. The subtitle is, Why Do We Love to Hate Russia?, and in seeking to answer that question, the author claims that to some extent the officially supported russophobia is a kind of racism. As for the root of the problem, he starts with the Raskol (schism) of the Eastern and Western churches about a thousand years ago. And moreover, especially for the last 200 years, there have been two particular reasons for the West’s fear and hatred of Russia: it has a big territory and does not hide its view on things.
Breaking out of the media blockade 10 years ago through the activity of television-network RT did not really help. Now it is Russian journalists always accused of propaganda, of being paid directly by the Kremlin. However, the more western media and politicians tighten the screws, accusing Russia of everything - Crimea, MH17, Brexit, refugee crisis, and so on - the more people start using their brains to discover the truth themselves, observes Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson.
However, there are some fair people amongst the Western elites, for instance, Czech president Milos Zeman, who does not hide his sympathy towards Russia, even if it is the Czech Republic that is one of the most russophobic in Europe.
This may seem controversial. So, what can be said in conclusion? Use your brain and see Russia for yourself.
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