Unfortunately, work has prevented me from writing on of the posts I’ve got planned for this week. Luckily The Moscow Times just posted a brilliant article from Mark Galeotti.
I’ve been saying for quite some time now that there needs to be a changing of the guard when it comes to Russia expertise. It’s not just a matter of aging Cold Warriors who stand to benefit from poor relations between Russia and the West; it’s also a lot of people who see Russia in terms of abstract ideas rather than in a more humanist way.
One way or another, you have a lot of people who come to Russia, heads full of hopelessly out-of-date knowledge they gained in college. They arrive and attempt to project this onto Russia and they’re mad when Russia doesn’t fit. This describes both sides of the spectrum.
Long before the degeneration of Russia-Western relations in…
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