Saturday, April 25, 2015

OpEdNews: Three Western myths of Russia that it's time to debunk

OpEdNews: Three Western myths of Russia that it's time to debunk

In an article for OpEdNews Natalie Baldwin consistently debunks myths about Russia, persistently introduce Western media. Firstly, the Russians do not dream to flee the country - on the contrary, there tend to thousands of foreigners. Second, Russia's economy has not been destroyed by sanctions, and thirdly, its residents did not dream of becoming a copy of the Americans, only "in a fur hat," says the author.

In an article for OpEdNews Natalie Baldwin debunks myths about Russia. Firstly, as the author notes, the Russians did not dream to flee the country. Secondly, the introduction of anti-Russian sanctions the West did not destroy the Russian economy and the country's inhabitants do not dream to be like Americans.

The first myth of Russia, which leads Natalie Baldwin in his article for OpEdNews, was the assertion that immigrants do not go to Russia, and the people themselves are dreaming to leave the country. Baldwin cites an expert on Russian demography Mark Adomanisa in an article for Forbes, according to which the number of immigrants to Russia is second only to the United States.

Most of the immigrants in Russia are from the former Soviet republics, particularly in Central Asia, and the influx has become an important political issue. And those who think that Russia is not being serious debate about how to deal with immigration, according to Adomanisa simply do not know anything about this country.

With respect to the allegation that Russia - the backyard of the world and no one in their right mind would want to live there: results of a survey conducted by "Levada Center", indicate that only 10% of Russians would like to live abroad and only 5% are planning to leave the country good.

The second myth about Russia, which denies Natalie Baldwin, says that the country is on the verge of collapse. In fact, Russia is much more resilient than they would like to believe the Western media. The harsh climate and history of repeated attacks from various sides have brought in Russian culture endurance and resourcefulness. Thus, Russia is much more likely that the Russians can cause a sense of pride and encourage them to stay in their own country than can imagine the average American, says in his article, Natalie Baldwin.

"Russia is undoubtedly experiencing a financial, but not an economic crisis," - says the author, which leads InoTV. The fact that the decline in oil prices occurred simultaneously with the depreciation of the ruble, in fact defended the country's budget and trade balance. Even leading Western media like Newsweek and Bloomberg, who usually criticize Russia, have begun to recognize that in fact the Russian economy is not knocked out, and Western sanctions, by and large, can be considered a mistake.

According to the December poll AP / NORC, most Russians are optimistic with respect to their financial future and believe that their country is moving in the right direction. In Russia, to develop important business and infrastructure projects, including energy bridge to the Crimea, and so on.

Moreover, it continues to Natalie Baldwin, China plans to invest $ 5 billion in the construction of a new high-speed railway from Moscow to Kazan. In turn, Russia has actively invested in the modernization of its railways.

The essence of the third myth that actively spread by the Western media, is as follows: Russian want to be Americans, only earflaps, and dream that Putin stopped their hold on it.Russia is famous for its rich history and culture, which is four times older than the US, writes Natalie Baldwin.

Even with inexcusable ill Stalinist regime speed and level of industrialization of the country, according to citizens, allow them to break the Nazi war machine. Despite the stagnation, repression and brutality of the Soviet regime, many Soviet citizens say that their life was more positive than they can imagine people from the West.

Anthropologist Michelle Parsons, in his book examined the sense of security due to the state and even the limited freedom that cultivated the Soviet state.

Team in Russia valued and to the Soviet Union, its value is based on the hard climatic conditions and geographical position of vulnerability, recalls the author. Alone in this environment, it was almost impossible to survive, so individualism, which so delights the West is unlikely to find an echo in Russia. Do not expect that the political evolution of Russia will result in a libertarian form of democracy in the United States. According to polls, most Russians prefer to live in a society that seeks to achieve social equality than in where puts emphasis on the success of individuals.

People are open-minded enough to Russia sees a country that is in the process of creating the post-Soviet national and cultural identity. In this, Russia has to rely on - a powerful philosophical and cultural tradition. Probably Russia will borrow some elements from Western culture, but the country will never be an exact replica of the United States - a country with a totally different geographical location, historical and cultural experiences, says Natalie Baldwin.


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