Commenter Jaakko Raipala writes:
Living in a small country next door to Russia, Putin most certainly does not come across as a champion of national sovereignty.
Having watched St Petersburg evolve since that fall of the USSR, Putin also does not come across as a champion of borders. To the contrary, he is a champion of open borders with Central Asia. In the Western media you hear a lot about liberal Jews like Kasparov who are completely irrelevant in Russia, while it’s strangely ignored how Putin has a potential opposition in nationalists who aren’t enthusiastic about re-merging with Central Asia, but this time without Stalinist migration controls.
Things look extremely depressing for Eastern Europe at this point. We’re stuck choosing between American and Russian WWII victory cults, which have evolved into the same anti-nationalist, anti-racist ideologies that enable mass Muslim immigration.
The mirror is even perfect in how you can read in Western media that Russia is having problems with low Slavic birth rates, Muslim growth and failure of integration of Muslim minorities, and they sometimes even predict Islamization of Russia. But you can’t do the same analysis about the West without being classified as far-right. You can read in Russian media about low Western birth rates, Muslim growth and failure with Muslim minorities all the way up to predicting Islamization of the West, but of course they won’t make the same conclusions about Russia.