Russians in deep denial about their country and the world

PEACE A LA RUSSE: The red and blue arrows form a Russian word "МИР" meaning "peace" in this cartoon from a Russian newspaper. (Image: mk.ru)

PEACE A LA RUSSE: The red and blue arrows form a Russian word "МИР" meaning "peace" in this cartoon from a Russian newspaper. (Image: mk.ru) 

2015/03/31 • Analysis & Opinion, Russia

“The longing for ‘former greatness’” that many Russians feel is “playing a bad joke” on them, Olga Idrisova writes in “Moskovsky komsomolets” today, because it has led them to don “thick rose-colored glasses” and engage in deep denial about reality, “subconsciously blocking out” anything which doesn’t fit with their preferred imagery.

As a result, the Moscow commentator says, “the majority of Russians cannot accept the fact that with their support the leadership has committed a mistake which has cost the country its economic well-being and solid international status” but thinks it is now the leader of an alliance with China.

Most of them, Idrisova continues, cannot cope with the notion that “in the world at large, Russia is viewed not as a superpower and guarantor of security but more often as an unpredictable player.” They think that Vladimir Putin gained stature when he threatened to use nuclear weapons, forgetting that his role model was a North Korean leader no one respects.

China’s interest in Russia is indistinguishable from its interest in African or Latin American countries which have natural resources China can use.


Indeed, none of the ideas about effectively challenging the US and the unipolar world or standing on its own or allying with China to oppose the West stand up to even the most cursory examination, she says. Russia is in no position to dictate to China no matter how strongly many Russians would like to believe otherwise.

“No one in Beijing intends to make a fateful bet on a Russia-China union,” the Moscow commentator says. That country isn’t even willing to recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Instead, it has given Kyiv US$3.6 billion in loans so that the Ukrainian government can end its dependence on natural gas from Russia.

Moscow TV’s “talking heads” for the last year have been telling Russians how fortunate they are to have turned from the West to the East. “We don’t need the West,” they claim. “We have a wonderful partner in the form of China.” But in fact, China views Russia not even as playing the “elder sister” role Andrey Kortunov has suggested.

Beijing does not even see Moscow as a sister at all. Instead, its interest in Russia is indistinguishable from its interest in African or Latin American countries which have natural resources China can use, Idrisova say. But Russians cannot see this through “the rose-colored glasses” they use to look at the world.

China is an economic giant, as is the West. The Russian economy is only one-fifth the size of either. And in high technology areas, the gap between China and the West, on the one hand, and Russia, on the other, is only getting larger.

Russians should be able to see this economic situation, but they don’t. But they also are failing to see that China is playing a much larger role in international security affairs, a role it is assuming not by entering into a confrontation with the US and driving itself into a corner as Russia has but by showing itself capable of playing a cooperative role.

China is hardly likely to scrap what has been an effective approach in favor of Russia’s which has failed, but Russians who remain in deep denial about this as well as about almost everything having to do with the power and status of their country can’t see it. That of course points to more troubles ahead.

Edited by: A. N.

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  • canuke

    Russians’ still don’t seem to get it. Basically they are nothing without their nuclear arsenal. Of interest, I read last night that the U.S. wanted in 1946 to launch a nuclear non-proliferation pact, but this early attempt was vetoed by the USSR. Imagine how the world would have looked if this treaty was signed. I think our world would have been a far safer place.

    • canuke

      What is it with you? Rather than a positive exchange, you simply stoop to low blows and bully tactics. Sound familiar? This is exactly the tactic of the Kremlin. Nothing constructive? No problem! We’ll just bully our way through. The world will not forget. Your rapidly falling ruble won’t be worth much more, but to use as toilet paper. Remember, it was Putin who caused all of this.

      • Anton Chigurh

        Uhm, DICK Im not Russian, so nice try, now go drink your Molson and wish you could be as great as us in the USA, little canadian lapdog

        • puttypants

          Anton you are not an American. They do not make stupid remarks like you have here. You are a a putler troll. You’re embarrassing yourself…please stop writing if you have noting worthwhile to say.

          • Anton Chigurh

            Ok post your phone right here and I will call you from the USA. Dick

        • LorCanada

          I think it was Mark Twain who said:
          “He who throws mud loses ground.”

          • Michel Cloarec

            Too clever for that one ! He can´t understand !

    • Marko

      And you are a Russian monkey! The uncivilized barbarians. Russia – the medieval fascist state.

      • Anton Chigurh

        Sorry, I am american, DICK

        Lack of Knowledge/Interest led to misdiagnosis of spine trauma resulting
        in delay of appropriate treatment and subsequent disability of this
        patient.

        Dr. Walter Salmaniw’s Ratings

        • Gary Hyde

          Mate if you are from the USA ,you certainly do not have a very high intellect,perhaps the Russians have stolen your Brain,maybe it has been swapped with a Russian Tiger.

          • Anton Chigurh

            You need to find gainful employment, nitwit.

          • Gary Hyde

            Anton you sound just like a Russian Troll ,I hope they are paying you
            I myself work for myself.I own a Taxi a very good cash flow Business.I also do not live in the USA,NEW ZEALAND is where I come from.A country that treats people fairly.Your Russia has a lot to learn about treating people with respect

          • Anton Chigurh

            Ha ha, anybody that disagrees with your type is accused of being Russian. Actually I am american, Shall I use my american passport for my visa free travel to your sheep herding god forsaken country and personally show you? Fukwit.

          • Gary Hyde

            Come on down we will look forward to showing you our country,New Zealand a great place to visit,lots happening here,perhaps bungy jumping,sky diving,mountain climbing,sailing,rugby,plus numerous other sports

          • puttypants

            Anton no you are not an American…we’re not that stupid…you are a putler troll.

          • Anton Chigurh

            ok post your number and you will be in for a big surprise dick

          • Randall Cook

            AHTOH, ПНХ :-) have a nice day in Moskau, ruSSlander.

          • Anton Chigurh

            I know who you are now. Propsummit.

          • Randall Cook

            Good. I don’t hide behind phony handles, boyo. Come and pay a visit..if you have a pair.

          • Anton Chigurh

            ok

          • LorCanada

            Russia’s Putin doesn’t “treat people with respect”, he uses them to serve his purpose which is a grasp for power, control, and self-aggrandizement.

          • Michel Cloarec

            He has big problems , so ignore him ,he must be a communist, you know those awfull bugs creeping around on social welfare all over the worlds. Lenin said he will change the world, 100 years after that stooge believe it. He suffers of chronic amnesia.

      • Michel Cloarec

        Simply resultat of russian social experiment !

    • Michel Cloarec

      Next comment, I bet, will be how you hate americans !

      • Anton Chigurh

        What would we americans be without little butt kissing poodles like you Canadians.

        • Michel Cloarec

          canadian say hello !

        • LorCanada

          Anton, you ignoramus, button your lip! Why do you scrape the bottom of the barrel for your comments? Have you no manners or decency? Leave us Canadians alone, we are normal people and do not work with a poison pen as you do.
          You have much to learn about living in harmony with people. Start now and be respectful and reasonable to other human beings. It will make your life more worthwhile.

          • Michel Cloarec

            Do you have a garden ? Maybe weedkiller works on that communist anton chigurh ? It works on my creeping bugs in my mouldering decay bin. Should I reserve a place for AC ?

          • LorCanada

            Might as well, it might do some good, lol.

          • Anton Chigurh

            Don’t make me send our girl scouts from North Dakota come and take over Canada. Be a good little Puppet.

          • LorCanada

            Keep your girl scout puppets, you might need them.
            So far as things are going, Canada is doing a fine job of supporting America in its coalition of some 60 nations whose main purpose is to eliminate ISIS. Nice to have friendly neighbours who share the same goals of freedom and democracy.

          • Anton Chigurh

            You canadians could not fight your way out of a paper bag. You are nothing without us.

          • LorCanada

            Please dry up and blow away. Your flimsy opinion is worthless.

    • Michel Cloarec

      I don´t see anything in canuke´s comment but common sense !
      Or you are ironical or opportunist !

    • Michel Cloarec

      Good morning ! in case the first thing you do in morning is….

      • Anton Chigurh

        Dr. Salmaniw put my son in danger by not preforming a proper checkup on
        him any on the many times that I brought him in for his routine
        check-ups. One of his testicles had not come down which now requires
        surgery. When I went to see Dr. Salmaniw about my son not being able to
        sit properly, I was told that I was over reacting and that my son was
        just stuborn. I had to see another doctor who ordered an ultrasound
        right away and noticed the missing testicle right away during
        examination. My son is now at an increased risk of getting cancer
        because of this. I will never go back to Dr. Salmaniw.

        • Michel Cloarec

          Sorry for your son ! Honestly . But i wrote 2 hours ago that you hate america. OK ! You do !
          Ventilate your problems somewhere else . There is a stalisnism threat in the world just now. So you help or you must get another site. (even sorry if I was a bit rude, but you were seeking it)

          • Anton Chigurh

            I love America, it is a heII of a lot better country than yours you dolt.

        • Truenet

          Nasty nekulturny troll. Get your story straight. You track down a commentator on this forum and dig up all sorts of crap. You put down Canadians yet claim to take your son to a doctor in Canada. Don’t you have any doctors where you live in the States? Total BS.

          • Anton Chigurh

            That is not my son you a-h0le, that is the Dr. Reviews website for Canada that are publicly posted by other people. That guys is a voodoo witch doctor who is incompetent.

          • Anton Chigurh

            Has anyone told you what an assuming m0r0nj you are?

          • puttypants

            Anton you are on the wrong website.

  • Michel Cloarec

    It is not only the russians which deny russia. The all world does (sorry ! not North Corea)

    • Anton Chigurh

      You should learn to spell correctly. It is KOREA, not “Corea”. God you are dumb.

      • LorCanada

        And Anton, you are dumber!
        Your very own words posted:
        “Has anyone told you what an assuming m0r0nj you are?”

        I suggest you learn how to spell “moron” correctly and not the jibberish you post. You have much to learn!

        • Michel Cloarec

          He lives in a world with 1 April fool everydays !

        • Anton Chigurh

          I did not put that J in there you dick

          • LorCanada

            Hey, show respect to your elders – me! – and stop being a cad.

      • Michel Cloarec

        Idiot ! it is North Communist therefore North corea . But it is of course
        RPNK (sounds little nazi for me as a canadian) so I don´t use it !

        • Anton Chigurh

          Korea, not “Corea” you idiot. Nobody except a 5 year old would spell it with a “C”. Pull your head our of your rectum.

          • Michel Cloarec

            Hello all the communists of this world !
            It is north corea, russia, putin, lavrov,kadyrov, zakharchenko,plotniskiy. But it is Ukraine, Poland, Latvia,Denmark aso. Do you see the disdain differences.
            say hello to your boss ! by the way he is dead, another communist killed him !

          • Anton Chigurh

            North Korea you idiot. Learn to spell correctly before you post anymore. Fool.

          • Michel Cloarec

            It is north corea , with small letters because it is a liliput little land with a liliput dictator slicking the butts of another little liliput putler .

          • Anton Chigurh

            I think you are the liliput. The only head up anyone’s butt is your head, up your own butt. Are you 6 years old? You sound like a kid. Are you really that stupid?
            It is North Korea you nitwit.

          • Michel Cloarec

            Corée du Nord — Wikipédia
            fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corée_du_Nord
            Cachad
            LiknandeÖversätt den här sidan
            République populaire démocratique de Corée. 조선민주주의인민공화국 ( ko ). 朝鮮民主主義人民共和國 ( ko ). Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk ( ko ) …
            ‎Kim Jong-un – ‎Juche – ‎Pyongyang – ‎Corée du Sud

          • Michel Cloarec

            Correct translation from coreansk

          • Anton Chigurh

            Korea Północna

          • Michel Cloarec

            It is Canada not Kanada
            It is Chile not Khili
            It is Crimea not krimea
            It is corea not korea
            It is communist not kommunist
            it is Cameroun not Kameroun
            It is Cambodge not Kambodge
            it is China not Khina
            It is Colombie not kolombie
            It is Cuba not kuba
            IT IS ABOUT PHONETIC !

          • Michel Cloarec

            FUNNY how the communists always fall in the trap.
            Instead of argueing about the article , they go on argueing about nothing. Join the club of the useful communist idiots.
            PERIOD now you have real infos PERIOD

          • Guest

            I see your name is cloarec. with a c. liliput.

          • Michel Cloarec

            Say hello to your uggly relatives

          • Michel Cloarec

            translation : Welcome to our paradis!
            Och what is hell ?

          • Michel Cloarec

            it is cim jung un

          • Michel Cloarec

            Romania = coreea
            Spain=corea
            Italy= corea
            France=coree

          • Anton Chigurh

            Корейська Народно-Демократична Республіка

            You are an idiot.

          • Michel Cloarec

            i am an idiot , only to piss you off, because I hate the communists .

          • Anton Chigurh

            get a job psheki

          • Michel Cloarec

            I have a job . I make coffins for the cargo 200 to rostov on don . I take down lenin´s statues and melt down them.
            On Sundays I make bedpans for the cargo 300. Just now I am organizing a trip to Antartic. I have found out there is even a lenin statue there . What a shame !

          • Gryzelda Wrr

            Ekhem, Michel is not a pshek. I am a pshek, if you are looking for one :)

        • Anton Chigurh

          Even the cover of Newsweek spells it KOREA, You DICK

          • Michel Cloarec

            And while I am pissing you off, you don´t have time to spew your communist vomit on something else .

          • Michel Cloarec

            All the communists fall in the same trap !

          • Michel Cloarec

            Newsweek is wrong it is north corea and cim jun un

          • Michel Cloarec

            Who on earth cares about north corea ? only the communists, disapearing races ! as soon as possible
            north corea =cholera not kolera

    • puttypants

      Everyon please ignore Anton I believe he has some problems. Canadians please know that this is not a guy speaking for Americans. Americans we love Canadians…They are and always have been our best allies. Long Live Canada.

      • LorCanada

        Thankee, puttypants, nice to know who our friends are.
        ;- )

      • Gryzelda Wrr

        Everybody likes Canada. How do they do that? :)

        • Michel Cloarec

          Canada is not afraid of its history !
          Great guys and girls !
          But of course, as soon as a country seems to be happy with itself, it will always be jealous predators on the hunt ! They are called communists or putinists nowadays !

      • Randall Cook

        Canada has an Iron Will, that little BoPeep-Anton lacks..he has to hide behind profanity and a phony profile..or is it ”she”, Atnon-ina???