Why does the international opinion about what is going on in Russia differ so much from the reality in Russia?
Most likely it depends on the information we are being fed. This information is fundamentally different depending on if your sources are the international press or if it comes from Russian media.
In this post, and in coming daily post, I will try to exemplify those two different feeds – The domestic Russian and the international.
Now, you might say, especially if you are inspired by the international feed, that the view on Russia you can get from the domestic media is not the real truth due to the perceived censoring from the authorities (i.e. Kremlin). Such a comment can, however, just as well be turned around and be used on the international feed, which, for sure, also is influenced by different governments political ambitions regarding their relationship with Russia.
Anyhow, I will try to be as objective as possible and stick to the facts in order for you to get the image of both sides.
Here is the first comparison between what people in Russia are being fed with about news in their country and what people abroad are being fed with about Russia.
As most days before, there is virtually no overlap. This explains to a large extent the skewed image foreigners who are not familiar with Russia or the Russian language have of Russia.
As always, the Russian domestic headlines are gathered by RIA Novosti and the foreign news about Russia comes from Google News US edition.
Here are today's International news about Russia according to Google News.
As expected they are mainly about the law on “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors” and Edward Snowden.
TODAY 15 August 2013