If Russiagate fantasies were real and they had the vote in US elections – at least as suggested by this FOM poll.
This is not to say that Russians like Trump – their short post-elections honeymoon was soon after undermined by Russiagate sanctions and foreign policy erraticism, such as the strikes on Russian mercenaries in Syria.
Nonetheless, 23% approval vs. 43% disapproval…
… is better than Joe Biden’s 5% approval and 24% disapproval.
It’s hard to see which outcome will be worse for Russia. Conventional wisdom says Joe Biden, who has promised to expand sanctions and is channeling the fury of tens of millions of boomers radicalized by RussiaGate.
OTOH, American global economic dominance slips with every passing year, and it is now also increasingly locked into a Cold War with China. This development is driven by the deep state, not Trump, which correctly perceives China as the only realistic threat to US hegemony. So even if Biden wants to refocus the brunt of US hostility towards Russia and away from China, his room to do so is limited.
This is apart from the fact that a further distancing from the West may be good for Russia given its BLM and associated madness.
Furthermore, for what little such things are worth, Biden’s program has almost nothing on international relations. The only section that I can find which predominantly deal with it mention China four times (2 of which are negative) and Russian twice (one of which is negative).
As such, I find it hard to credit headlines along the lines of “The Kremlin Is Increasingly Alarmed at the Prospect of a Biden Win” which are sure to become more prevalent in the runup to November.