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RUS NY: Russian Invasion Confirms the Obvious for One Russian

November 10, 2014 Written by | No Comments

Since we are currently outside of all of most factor that might heavily influence your opinion, you have access to free flow of information on TV, internet, people around you. After what you might have observed in the past few month between Russia and Ukraine, what is your personal opinion about the Russian intervention?

My opinion is the same as the opinion of any adequate or sane person – Russia has no right to interfere in the internal affairs of Ukraine and even more so invade its territory.

Does your family in Russia think otherwise? 

My parents think the same way as I do. They are modern people with full access to all available information. They read and watch Ukrainian, Russian as much as American and European news. As my mother says: “I lived all my life without the Crimea and I would have continued to live without it.”They are against the war in any of its manifestations.  But there are also other relatives with their own opinion. All of my relatives live in Siberia and only my parents – in Moscow. My uncle with his family moved to Sevastopol (a city in Crimea). They say to have always wanted to live by the sea which was always impossible, but now since the territory became a part of Russia, they packed up and moved. Still, my grandmother (father’s mother) has simply lost her mind  in the most literal sense from the whole subject matter. She nearly worships Putin, strongly defends and  honestly supports him! I even had a fight with my parents about it so she no longer reaches out to me personally. I think I’m most likely at the top of her little black book; I live in the enemy country (America), with a Ukrainian boyfriend and I don’t know which one is worse (Laughs.)

Do you believe Putin’s reason to protect the Russian-speaking Ukrainian citizen justifies the invasion? 

Of course not. But I cant exactly speak about the situation on behalf of the Russian-speakers. I mean, I think Putin’s actions are wrong and even artificially contrived. People whose rights are violated, can ask for help from Russia, but in Russia… Nevertheless, I don’t fully believe that there is no such thing as an oppression of the Russian-speaking population by some Ukrainian speakers. Even living here in America, I personally experienced the negative attitude towards me simply due to the fact that I’m Russian. Although paradoxically, almost all of my friends are Ukrainians.

Ukrainian protested in favor of pro european union in November of last year. Do you think this can eventually serve as an example to the people of Russia? Or they are comfortable living in poverty and limited right under Putin’s reign?

 In fact, I do not think this will happen in Russia. And not just because people are afraid of something, or because they live comfortably with limited rights, but simply because the country is huge, and people outside of Moscow in general have a distorted view of what is happening. They support Putin and his policies. People are quite satisfied with their lives so they can only accuse Ukraine in all that happens.

In August Vladimir Putin’s rating at home soared to an all-time high of 87 percent. Why do you think people give him and his politics such a tremendous support?

The people support him because a majority of Russian population simply does not have sufficient sources of information. While reading a couple of local newspapers and watching a some state channels, people have developed a single-sided picture; an image of Putin the hero-liberator. Also, the second reason – people are actually not particularly interested in the truth. They just do not care what’s really going on. They listen to the news, engage in few discussions and go to sleep. People just don’t bother browsing the internet. Ukraine isn’t their country, thus they aren’t interested.

Were you ever Putin’s supporter? Did you change you political opinions while living in United States?

I was too young when he stepped to presidency for the first time, and I wasn’t quite into the politics. But my parents did support him.  My attitude and the position of my parents changed even before I came to U.S. Probably when Mr. Medvedev succeeded Putin and turned into his political poppet. Already then, not blind people already began to see corruption.

Russia and Ukraine were placed before a magnifying glass, exposing major issues in both governments. Did you find out anything new that might have changed your views or surprised you?

To be honest, lately I try not to watch the news on this topic. I only know about main events. But I think the problems our countries are very similar, and for me it is not particularly anything new. I have long been disappointed in the Russian government and their new mistakes and actions don’t scare as much but rather affirm my opinions further.


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