I’ve been asked how most Russians feel about what is going on since the sanctions have been put in place. This is a difficult question since it is still playing out. I decided to do some research and found an article that gives a fairly accurate picture of how the public is reacting to the situation. Of course many are concerned by the events and their response varies according to age, gender, education and much more. I’ve asked the question how do they feel about Putin. I’ve only had several disagree with his actions but curiously enough they still support him.
One of the things that this article said was, “On the surface, the more sanctions are increased the less Russians seem to become worried”. Let me speak this, if a Russian doesn’t seem worried it means he’s not. Unlike westerners Russians don’t hide their feelings or what they think. If they tell you something even when it’s the truth, they mean it. It may be blunt but a least you will know their position.
Here are a few of the questions presented.
Since this is only half the question – and the rest of the answer resides in the history between the two countries is this really the concern of the international community? The international community needs to look hard at why they are interfering at all. The real question is what’s the agenda behind the interference?
This question was asked four months ago and should be revised – People are concerned, they are buying big ticket items like cars, appliances, and land. The economic sanctions affect not only the people of Russia but Europe and the rest of the world as well. As far the the political sanctions are concerned the Russian people are wise enough to see it’s not their government who is imposing these sanctions. They are coming from outside influences.
This may sound very simplistic but if Russia was to come over to the US sandbox and tell them they must live by Russian rules it’s certain people would be up in arms demanding the government to respond. Why would the reaction Russia be any different? What is amazing is how tolerant the citizens of Russia really are. They are not rioting in the streets, burning down buildings, nor are they shooting police officers. They are not easily deceived, they understand the situation, it’s why they responded positively.
This next question they asked was, Why is this?
First of all context. Russia is a big country, almost double the size of the U.S., and like London isn’t Britain (and Kiev isn’t Ukraine), Moscow isn’t Russia.
Russia isn’t home to the most vibrant media industry in the world.
It’s true Moscow isn’t Russia. I hear Russians speak this all the time. But is it true that Russia doesn’t have the most vibrant media? Maybe!
The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses. Quote by Malcom X
Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture. Quote by Allen Ginsberg
What I’m thinking about more and more these days is simply the importance of transparency, and Jefferson’s saying that he’d rather have a free press without a government than a government without a free press. Quote by Esther Dyson
I think each of these quotes speaks volumes. The really question should be who controls the media? Look how the people respond in the US. Then look at how they respond in Russia. Who is more level headed? And why?