Russia, Loathed and Reviled
“Views on Russia’s influence are still predominantly negative worldwide.”
That was the conclusion of the latest BBC poll on the attitudes of countries around the world towards Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
The segment of China’s population having a positive view of Russia plummeted shockingly this year compared to last, falling a whopping 19 points from 74% to 55%.
As shown in the chart at left, China was one of only two countries in the entire survey that had a majority-positive attitude towards Russia (the other was lowly Azarbaijan). Less than a quarter of the U.S. population viewed Russia positively, and less than a third of the population of the major nations of Western Europe did so.
Yet, a whopping three quarters of idiotic, isolated, ignorant Russians themselves believed their nation had a mainly positive role in the world, while a totally ridiculous 4% of Russians were willing to acknowledge that their country might be mainly negative . By contrast, no such blind, crazed nationalism affected the way Americans viewed their own role in the world. Numerous other countries had a more positive view of America’s role than did Americans themselves.
Russia’s role in the world was seen by a majority as negative in France, despite determined efforts at appeasement by a cowardly French leader, and by a majority as negative in Germany, too. Likewise South Korean and Turkey. Near majorities took that view in the USA, Italy, and Spain.
Once again, in other words, the Putin regime was exposed as an utter failure, deluding the people of the country just as did the old Soviet regime, all while poisoning the attitudes of the entire outside world against Russia.
And, once again, the Russian people themselves were exposed as well, for it was they who gave Putin unchecked power, they who continue to praise him in opinion polls even as he turns their nation once again into a pariah state, friendless and alone to face the perils of the backwards, hate-filled existence.