Okay, anyone who knows me will tell you that I have an inexplicable place in my heart for (nearly) all things Russian. Since writing a novel set in Siberia during the Russian Civil War, my love has only increased. I would be very excited about seeing The Olympics held in Russia, but, well, it kind of brings up a lot of the things that I really don’t like about Russia. Mostly, that it’s a giant propaganda move for this asshole:
For those of you not in the know, Vladimir Putin came into power after Boris Yeltsin left things a highly corrupt, useless mess. He cleaned things up and made something that actually resembles a functioning government. But then came the whole “staying in power” thing, and that involved creating right-wing nationalist fervor and squashing dissenting voices. This is what you’ve heard about in the news: Aleksey Navalny becomes the first opposition politician to emerge as a real threat, and promptly gets hit with corruption charges. Pussy Riot performs an anti-Putin protest and get thrown in jail. New, harsh, anti-gay legislation is enacted because homosexuality is viewed among those in the right to have come in from the West.
Luckily for me, Vladimir Putin does not equal all Russian people, or Russian society and culture as a whole. The Russians that I’ve been lucky enough to meet have been wonderful people, many of whom are dedicated to change and equality. These people represent what I love about Russia, and what thoroughly deserves support in their country.
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