Freudian slip: The Economist recognises a formidable force in Russia


October 31 , 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

 by Inessa Sinchougova 

In just ten years, the Russian Federation has evolved from a country that was laughed at, into a force that must be answered to on the international arena.

Oleg Voloshin, ex-head of the information department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, made the statement on air of Ukrainian TV channel 112.

The Ukrainian diplomat commented the current edition of American magazine “The Economist”, with a collage of Russian President Vladimir Putin, titled “A Tsar is Born.” The intention was evidently to paint a picture of authoritarianism – but in historical perspective, the opposite was achieved.  

According to Voloshin, 10 years ago – the image depicted would be a balalaika (Russian musical instrument) and dancing bears.

“Let’s be frank, 10 years ago in the same picture would be vodka, a bear, and a balalaika. Around the world, they see that Russia is not a ridiculous drunken country, it is a world power. 

Yes, it’s tough, yes, it’s cynical, yes, one that pursues its own interests, breaking norms of international law and not taking into account human grief. But America very often also does. That is, Russia and Putin have achieved the result that today they are depicted as something threatening, and not as something that can be laughed at. Unfortunately, Ukraine is not in that position. If Ukraine were to be portrayed on a cover, then no publication would have depicted Poroshenko as a president who shows any kind of real authority.” Voloshin said.

The statement is flawed in parts, but Voloshin certainly sensed the power dynamic between Russia and the Euroatlanticist sphere, unintended by The Economist. 

 is an Editor and Journalist at Fort Russ News, as well
as a research fellow and translator of the Belgrade based think-tank, the
Center for Syncretic Studies. She was educated at Victoria University of
Wellington (New Zealand), in the field of Political Science and was previously
employed in Marketing and Communications Strategy for a Multi-National
Corporation. She runs a popular YouTube channel for translations of key Russian
Foreign Policy figures and appears regularly on other alternative media

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