EDITORIAL: Russia hates the World, Feeling very much Mutual


Russia hates the World, Feeling very much Mutual

The latest figures on international travel and tourism are in from the World Economic Forum, and they are truly devastating for Vladimir Putin’s Russia.  The words of Laura, a student from France, tell the tale:

I decided to come to Russia because I love the culture, the history, and I was curious to meet Russians. I wanted to form my own ideas about the country, different from the western view.  It was surprising to see that Russians don’t speak English and in Moscow, I think they are sick of tourists and just don’t make any effort. So to find your way, to eat in a restaurant, was quite a challenge. I was really surprised to see that Moscow is even more expensive than Paris.


Russia ranks a stunning #59 out of 139 nations surveyed for travel competitiveness, and that’s hardly surprising when you learn it ranks #91 for spending on tourism, laying out less than one-tenth of the world average per tourist on welcome measures.

Look at the facts, and you clearly understand Russia’s stark, unwelcoming hatred for foreigners:

The annual average room rate in Moscow hotels is approximately $237, while in Paris it is about $230, in London $216, in Berlin $189 and in Prague $141. Foreigners also often have to pay more than Russians for entertainment. The Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, for instance, charges 180 rubles for an adult ticket from Russians and twice as much from foreigners, despite a law passed in the 1990s banning differential pricing for foreigners.

Then think about Russian xenophobia.  Russians hate foreigners, and their government hates them even more, because foreigners have the annoying tendency to bring their knowledge and their expectations along with their cash. Russians don’t want to have to meet expectations, work harder, or risk failure. And their government doesn’t want dangerous foreign ideas like democracy and freedom of the press and contempt for dictatorship brought into the country like dangerous strains of disease.

The result is that foreigners continue to view Russia as a nasty, evil place and Russia forgoes tens of billions of dollars in potential tourism revenues.  The Kremlin tries to burnish Russia’s image with ignorant, ineffective neo-Soviet lies that fool nobody, and Russia’s image continues to tarnish. Along with it, Russia’s influence in international relations dissolves.

Most of all, though, Russians with their monumental egos (like the infamous Emperor with his “new clothes”) fear rejection.  They can’t stand the idea of being confronted by foreign disapproval because they know they have failed and they aren’t prepared to ask themselves for anything better.  So they prefer to live in a world of illusion, just as they did in Soviet times, heedless of the risk to their civilization.

18 responses to “EDITORIAL: Russia hates the World, Feeling very much Mutual

  1. very good site, but i think, u should change the name..,

    ‘Russophobe” sounds provocative,,Cuz criticizing Russia is NOT russophobia,,Legitimate criticism is not hate

    Russia is not holy cow,it must be critized,,the same as any other state

    • Anja – I do not know what your first language is, but there is nothing whatsoever provocative about the word Russophobe. It is absolutely nothing to do with hate. However, maybe the name is not appropriate – for a Russophobe is someone with a phobia about Russia – in other words an irrational fear of Russia. Having a fear about Russia is anything but irrational! By the way, there are no such words as ‘u’ or ‘cuz’

  2. Russians dream about themselves.Throwing off the insinuations about their
    Finnish origin they are Slaves of course and in controversy with nazi theory they are Slaves and Aryans simultaniously! But that`s not the main idea ,they are Russians and they are surrounded by Russian: soul,world ,physics,love,song.Remember? It`s time for Russian watch.

  3. Rigamax |
    Anja – I do not know what your first language is,
    Blame the message. Not the messenger.

    Btw, my first language is norwegian..
    <<By the way, there are no such words as ‘u’ or ‘cuz’ <<
    Thank you, spelling police!
    U and cuz are slang..You (stressed /ˈjuː/; unstressed /jə/) is the second-person personal pronoun in Modern English.
    I use to write shorter to save my fingers.

    I see u r not native english speaker too.,This is why u try to be hollier than hollies i e englier than native english speaker..Any time some one picking me for english type errors is not native english speaker..

    U worried so much about my bad english cuz u have nothing to say about issue,

  4. LR EDITORIAL: “Russia hates the World, Feeling very much Mutual”

    You seem to be prone to some generalization with the editorials like this one.
    Which “world” that Russia so much hates did you mean?
    Did you mean India, China, Urugway or Senegal?
    Might I ask to be more specific on your editorials next time?
    Otherwise you’ll make me think – the world= the USA, the USA = the world
    + a couple of decorated (kinda “Great” britain) stooges dancing around the Fed printing press. I have taken this editorial as a realy good joke.
    What is not a joke at all is this down the page: Hi, Miss South Carolina :-)

    Study: Geography Greek to young Americans
    Thursday, May 4, 2006; Posted: 9:44 a.m. EDT (13:44 GMT)

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — After more five years of combat and nearly 4000 U.S. military deaths in Iraq, nearly two-thirds of Americans aged 18 to 24 still cannot find Iraq on a map, a study released Tuesday showed.
    The study found that less than six months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, 33 percent could not point out Louisiana on a U.S. map.
    The National Geographic-Roper Public Affairs 2006 Geographic Literacy Study paints a dismal picture of the geographic knowledge of the most recent graduates of the U.S. education system.
    “Taken together, these results suggest that young people in the United States … are unprepared for an increasingly global future,” said the study’s final report.
    “Far too many lack even the most basic skills for navigating the international economy or understanding the relationships among people and places that provide critical context for world events.”
    The study, which surveyed 510 young Americans from December 17 to January 20, showed that 88 percent of those questioned could not find Afghanistan on a map of Asia despite widespread coverage of the U.S.-led overthrow of the Taliban in 2001 and the political rebirth of the country.
    In the Middle East, 63 percent could not find Iraq or Saudi Arabia on a map, and 75 percent could not point out Iran or Israel. Forty-four percent couldn’t find any one of those four countries.
    Inside the United States, “half or fewer of young men and women 18-24 can identify the states of New York or Ohio on a map [50 percent and 43 percent, respectively],” the study said.
    On the positive side, the study noted, seven in 10 young Americans correctly located China on a map, even though they had a number of misconceptions about that country. Forty-five percent said China’s population is only twice that of the United States. It’s actually four times larger than the U.S. population.
    When the poll was conducted in 2002, “Americans scored second to last on overall geographic knowledge, trailing Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan and Sweden,” the report said.
    The release of the 2006 study coincides with the launch of the National Geographic-led campaign called “My Wonderful World.” A statement on the program said it was designed to “inspire parents and educators to give their kids the power of global knowledge.”

  5. Oh. What a nice piece of russophobic logic!

    First, the source quoted:

    ” It was surprising to see that Russians don’t speak English and in Moscow, I think they are sick of tourists and just don’t make any effort.”

    (In other words: there are way too much tourists in Moscow: *quite enough to make people sick*)

    Then, actually, the conclusion:

    “…and Russia forgoes tens of billions of dollars in potential tourism revenues…”

    So, I guess, the money left by all those tourists, hmm, just does not count? )))

    • Is your eyeless emoticon supposed to symbolise how you can’t see things around you?

      I guess these 3 mouths would mean you have a double chin, but the lack of eyes is much more curious.

      • Robert, does your refusal to accept an eyeless emoticon (I guess, symbolizes just a smile, not a smile and eyes) show your inability to realize things can be communicated in more than one way? A clear sign of a narrow mind, this explains a lot about your other posts here. Why aren’t you bothered by the noselessness of the same emoticon or its lack of any other limbs?

  6. alan b'stard M P

    Russia is a resource rich nation. As such they shouldn’t care less about tourists. You cannot have a tourist led economy. They don’t work, as first world nations are finding out

    In fact, many people would prefer certain types of tourists just piss off and go back to where they came from

  7. The reputation of ‘Brits abroad’ has never been one to be proud of, but a new survey from Skyscanner has revealed that the British really are the worst type of tourist.


    Skyscanner is very British.

  8. Russians do not blend in as travelers. They create Russian Ghettos as in Pattaya Thailand, They are boorish and ignorant .

  9. Russians in Russia don’t have to speak English! English are of a very high opinion about themselves, they think everyone has to speak English in non-English speaking countries.

    I am Russian and live in England. I never complain that English do not speak Russian like some stupid English people coming to Russia or to any other different country where people don’t have to speak English.

  10. It is not true that Russians hate foreigners. Russian people are open hearted and never jealous about someone’s success. Author is a crazy man, who apparently is racist. I hate racists!!!

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