A German writes about Russians in the NYT:
A couple of months ago Volodya tried — luckily, he failed — to insert a crony as head of Interpol, the international police organization, presumably so he could turn it into his personal posse. Of course he did. Corruption is in Russia’s DNA, as it is in Mr. Putin’s.
Now it’s not that he is necessarily wrong. There is surely some genetic component to corruption proclivities, and it is certainly plausible that it is significantly higher in Russia (or Italy) than in North-West Europe.
This is a pattern, not an exception. Ex-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper – despite his own perjury record – thought nothing of saying that Russians are “almost genetically driven to co-opt, penetrate, gain favor, whatever, which is a typical Russian technique” in a meeting with NBC journalists. One wonders how long somebody who said anything remotely similar about Jews would last in his job (actually we don’t have to wonder at all).
Russians might just be the only ethnic group denied Blank Slate protections in the modern West.