Russophobia is Like AIDS: Once Infected… You’re Always a Mark

Voices from Russia

00 Vitaly Podvitsky. Russophobia. 2015

Russophobia

Vitaly Podvitsky

2015

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When it comes to Russia, people tend to talk about Russians as “this unfortunate people that have no clue what freedom is”. To that, I answer, “How do you know? Have you lived in Russia? For example, unlike our Belgium, they have an opposition there. We don’t have one at all”. It’s true, in Belgium there’s no opposition. There are parties that weren’t part of the Government at the last election, and they sometimes criticise those who are in power. However, it isn’t an opposition in the proper sense. Nevertheless, as a rule, Belgians are simply unable to understand what I’m talking about. Western propaganda is so pervasive that most Belgians now view Russia as a belligerent country with a fascist dictatorship. Discussion with people is useless; you’re talking to a wall.

Every war has two phases… firstly, there’s a preparatory phase, with programmes, news…

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