This is the first post of a series aiming to explain one of, and maybe the main, reason for why there is so little understanding and so much hate for most things Russian, outside Russia.
Coming from a country which, for centuries, have had Russia as the “permanent foe” and furthermore having served more than 17 years in the armed forces, I have probably better possibilities than most people to understand the political needs for a negative image about Russia to be spread among the electorate. (Nobody will approve increased defense-spending if you paint a positive picture about your enemy).
Then, after having been living and working for more than 20 years in Russia, I probably also have an even better ability to judge the different negative, positive and just neutral, portraits of Russia and Russian events.
Now, before hyping up myself to some kind of oracle on Russian issues, let's not forget Churchill's words: “Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”. No one, and I don't think even Mr. President Putin (being surrounded with people filtering his information), knows what's the real Russian image. And, in fact, there is no “real” image of Russia. The be philosophical, the only reality is the one created for each individual for themselves.
Anyhow, here are today's topics in the Russian and international press.
The prize of the comment containing the most hypocrisy goes to the three senators in California who want to block American investments in Russia because of the “anti-gay” law. Amazing to hear this coming from senators in a country which: 1) Actively pushed a Russian neighbor into a war with Russia by utilizing a (or two?) mentally ill President(s); 2) Destroyed the (relative) peace in the middle east by their intervening; 3) Gave shelter and money to anti-Russian terrorists who then detonated a bomb in Boston; and 4) Are supplying terrorists in Syria with advanced weapon just to be in opposition to the Russian support of a legally elected regime. Furthermore hearing this from senators in a state which recently blocked teenagers access to the healing powers of UV-light is almost too much hypocrisy to fathom.
Anyhow, here are first the Russian headlines as reported by RIA Novosti and on next page you can see what the international press reports about Russia (courtesy of Google News).