Russophobia

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Interest of• 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
• Father Andrew
Anti-Russian sentiment, commonly referred to as Russophobia, describes prejudice, fear or hatred against Russia, the Russians, and Russian culture.

Russophobia is a the irrational fear of Russia. It has a long history. It enjoyed it most recent peak at the hand of the Institute of Statecraft.

“The complete and unmitigated irrationality of the current epidemic of Russophobia does nothing to reduce its incredible virulence, as it continues to infect the entire political and media class. There is a zero chance that Russia will launch an attack on the UK, yet the entire corporate and state media is leading today with the “need” to spend billions against that most unlikely threat.”
Craig Murray (22 January 2018)  [1]

RF is not a “normal” country in most senses of the word. Crucially, Russians see life & the world very differently from us. While economics is of course important to them, in the broadest sense Russians are not nearly as driven by economic & financial considerations.”
 (13 January 2015)  [2]

Modern Origins

Stephen Cohen asked in 21st Century Wire on 5 April 2018 Why are Western Leaders & Media Conditioning Their Public to Hate Russia?[3] On 5 November that year, Anonymous leaked documents about the Integrity Initiative which used UK taxpayer funds to create anti-Russian disinformation.[4][5][6]

History

A Russophobic cartoon from the 1870s

The Red Scare

Cold War

Full article: Cold War

The Cold War was a phase of history after the end of World War II, until the 1990s.

Cold War II

Full article: Cold War II

Cold War II is a 21st century phenomenon, possibly reflecting the desire of the MICC to boost weapons expenditure. Vladimir Putin criticized the painting of Russia as enemy image.

“A superpower is a cold war term. When people today say that Russia aspires to have this status, I interpret it in the following way: they want to undermine trust in Russia, to portray Russia as frightening, and create some kind of image of an enemy. … Russia is in favor of a multipolar world, a democratic world order, strengthening the system of international law, and for developing a legal system in which any small country, even a very small country, can feel itself secure, as if behind a stone wall. … Russia is ready to become part of this multipolar world and guarantee that the international community observes these rules. And not as a superpower with special rights, but rather as an equal among equals.”
Vladimir Putin,  Kremlin,  Russia (2007)  [7]


 

An example

Page nameDescription
Cold War Then and Now?A free conference that appears to have been part of a broader campaign by the Institute for Statecraft to promote Cold War 2.0.

 

Russophobia victims on Wikispooks

TitleDescription
Euan GrantSpooky journalist/propagandist who worked for the Integrity Initiative interested in financial fraud. "His main forte is thinking strategically and has experience working in many countries around the world."
Integrity Initiative"An extremely shady covert disinformation and anti-democratic deep state outfit" caught promoting Russophobic propaganda. Later deleted its website.

 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
Institute for Statecraft/PurposesPutin will be around for the foreseeable future - even if he went, what comes after Putin, wouldn't be much better. We believe we will have to face the Russian challenge for many years to come.”Integrity Initiative
Mahathir Mohamad“The conclusions of the Joint Investigation Team that there's a clear link with Russia is hearsay. We as Malaysians are very unhappy because it became a political case from the start just to be able to accuse Russia of wrongdoing.”Mahathir Mohamad2019
PropOrNot“the following are tropes/slurs primarily used by Russian propaganda:
Neocon”, “neoliberal”, “Zionist”, “corporatist”, “warmonger”, “Rothschild”, “imperialist”, & “establishment”.”
7 January 2019
Tim Sweijs“The Russian aggression in Crimea has deeper roots. The Russian forces are being transformed from a big group of army conscripts to smaller, agile modern units. Underneath that is also the militarization of society. There are TV-channels that don't broadcast 'The Voice', but competition between tank-divisions on some trail.”Tim Sweijs11 June 2015
Mark Urban“Mark Urban’s piece for Newsnight tonight was simply disgusting; it did not even pretend to be more than a propaganda piece on behalf of the security services, who had told Urban (as he said) that Yulia Skripal's phone “could have been” tapped by the Russians and they “might even” have listened to her conversations through the microphone in her telephone. That was the “new evidence” that the Russians were behind everything. As a former British Ambassador I can tell you with certainty that indeed the Russians might have tapped Yulia, but GCHQ most definitely would have. It is, after all, their job, and billions of our taxes go into it. If tapping of phones is seriously presented as evidence of intent to murder, the British government must be very murderous indeed.”Craig Murray
Mark Urban
5 July 2018

 

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Myths about Contemporary Russiaarticle28 April 2014Father AndrewAn article that comprehensively refutes the major western demonising myths about Russia
Document:Springtime for Russophobiaarticle6 September 2014Mark HackardOn the roots of the Russo-phobia of Western Establishments and its burgeoning in the wake of Russia's clear red-line over Ukraine


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