Maybe there should be a "time out" for any and I mean *any* visits from Russia.
Up to the invasion of Crimea these people were arrogantly demanding visa-free travel with the EU.
Just freeze visas except for family emergencies.
It is Europe's security at stake.
— toomas hendrik ilves (@IlvesToomas) April 17, 2021
I would unironically endorse this, if perhaps not for Ilves Toomas’ reasons.
I wouldn’t have several years ago when I still thought there was some chance of productive relations between Russia and the West, and thought that examining misperceptions about Russia in the Anglosphere was a legitimate and effective way of achieving that.
But today, it’s more of a zero-sum game, in which Western antagonism works to Russia’s advantage:
- Diminishes lustre of emigration (brain drain), while creating the converse effect with respect to repatriation.
- Russian elites become at least slightly more recalcitrant to park capital abroad.
- Makes the West and its bad Western memes (#BLM, etc.) as well as their domestic agents and promoters toxic by association.
There remain, to be sure, significant economic and technology transfer reasons to avoid a full breakdown in relations. But these have become much diminished through Russia’s own domestic development, the rising profile of China, and its development of good relations with third parties like South Korea and Israel.
Just why all cartoons that fuse demonization with ethnic identifiers invariably remind of nazi anti-Semitic propaganda pic.twitter.com/UDmA0zSQA8
— Leonid Ragozin (@leonidragozin) July 23, 2020
I suspect, as with anti-Semitism and Jewish/Israeli interests, a background of moderate Russophobia is ultimately net good for Russian state and Russians. Probably in fact more so than the Jews/Israel, because Russia has economies of scale that they do not.
And those relative benefits have increased over the past year, as the West has become more unhinged and less attractive.
Last but certainly not least, is that precisely Russians who are likeliest to want to go to the West and associate/engage with it who are the most Occidentophile. It will be very funny to see the likes of @kirlant cope and seethe as they are deported the Central European University.
Even better, there will be a pack of svidomy Ukrainians and Butthurt Belters – their only sympathizers in Russia – mocking, heckling, and laughing at them receiving their just desserts, simply because they are just very hateful and not very bright people who hate them just for being Russians (even if they hate Russia themselves).