Political scientist Oleg Nemensky on why the West is Russophobic hysteria
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Russophobia — old tradition of the West. However, it seems that never before has it been so fierce and so totally dominant in all major media. In recent years, we can already safely say about Russophobic hysteria in the West. At the time, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, it seemed to us that all this negativity will go along with the cold war, not because we did not like, and our mode. But he not only left, but on the contrary, has increased and continues to grow both qualitatively and quantitatively.
Now all worried about Russia, but on the pages of major Western Newspapers almost never find even just removed the descriptions of things in our country. Angrily, accusatory tone and the absence of any positive evaluations are indispensable, this is the only valid markup.
Zero positive about Russia — law of the Western media.
I remember a conversation with a French documentary filmmaker in 1993 — at a time when we were with America and Europe “best friends”. He made a film about the Moscow station prostitutes, and it was really a very sad sight. Naturally, the question arises, is he in Moscow nothing else but this, in General very few people familiar side of life and have not seen. To which he eagerly began to tell how he liked Moscow and other cities and that he even made two very beautiful film about Russia. But they refused to buy him sent to the channel, not buy and others. As a result, he was forced to put the magazine on the shelf, and all the costs of the film and the organization of the shooting to cover at their own expense. This was for him a large sum of money and a good lesson — the positive information about Russia is necessary to nobody. This school, probably, are many of the Western journalists who come to our country or just write about it there. School of education of journalists, followed by the school of education their audience. And it’s not to have big consequences.
We are watching this from Russia as a theater of the absurd. Us more terrified, more afraid, and our assault, expected almost any day, and what is most interesting — really prepare for it. Russophobia has become the most important political ideology of the West is that it unites the country in numerous projects of cooperation, it also sets the mood of life of ordinary people, and the subjects of their conversations and even very personal experiences. When it seemed to us ridiculous and absurd famous case with the U.S. Secretary of defense, in 1949 from the window shouting “Russian go!”. He was suspected of paranoia. But now this mental illness became commonplace and no longer seems so funny. As one of my friends Lithuanian Professor: “every day I Wake up and look out the window — if there are Russian tanks!” However, he was sure that the Russian should be very ashamed of what he (the Professor) lives in such fear.
When Russia returned to the Crimea, I was listening to Polish experts, with serious faces, to explain that this Peninsula needs Russia as a springboard for attacks on Warsaw, and were surprised that this statement has caused laughter in the Studio. The poles — not the Americans, they generally imagine where is the Crimea and where is Poland itself. But willing to accept any absurd information about Russia. So they want to hear and want to believe in it. And this inner need for us is still poorly understood.
Irish journalist Brian MacDonald in the last year, perfectly described this psychological complex, called “resortia”. Western man is constantly being fed the opposite information follows: on the one hand, claim that Russia is going to subdue the whole world and is about to attack his country, and with another — constantly explain that Russia is weak, barely alive and on the verge of collapse.
In the soul of Western man against his will is a constant war with the Russians and he’s scared already just from the fact of psychological discomfort that the Russian he always delivers. The fear of her childhood becomes a part of the personality, it is no longer separated from the usual picture of the world.
Horror story Russia especially needed when we are talking about the unity of the West. So it was after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and now, only now is due to other causes. And the stronger the crisis in the Western community, the more it becomes Russophobic propaganda.
Strict discipline, typical of the Western information space in Russia, is a must: any contact with the real Russia and Russian undermines diligently entered into the consciousness of the Russophobic image.
Media start to divide into those that “provide unbiased information”, and the enemy, leading a “criminal propaganda.” And this is not so far from the same division of ideas. If the system will continue to evolve in the same spirit, any person, who has some thoughts, presented in a respectable alternative media will be the victim of Russian propaganda and sent to involuntary psychiatric treatment. Senior politicians in America and some European countries have already officially offered to ban the Russian media.
However, this is a good moment for us: until relatively recently in our country, drowned the enemy’s voice, and it was clearly not a manifestation of the power of our system.
But now the West is in defense in front of inconvenient information from Russia. And we must understand that the most dangerous message that can convey to a Western audience, our media are not alternative information about the world politics but simply an objective picture of life in modern Russia is not without its positive sides. These stories undermine the most important ideology that unites the West and determines a positive self-image, the ideology of the universal fright in front of the supposedly immoral and aggressive by the people that attack.
However, the very fact that the West now needed for this Russophobic hysteria, shows that the unity has never been so weakened. And I think again Russia is not to blame.
The author is a leading researcher RISI
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