I’ve received a comment on my post “Russophilia & Russophobia…“:
...I would just state that perhaps there is no such esoteric notion of a 'Russian Mystery' in the minds of many 'Russophiles' [sic! - S.A.] who are rather urged by a sense of moral duty where they see oppression. [...]
I wasn’t trying to say that a (quasi-)community of Russophiles (here: pro-Russian sympathizers from foreign countries) explicitly believes – partly or wholly – in a ‘Russian Mystery’. My point was that such ‘Russophile’ beliefs and views in general have a substantial injection of mystification/klyukvification. Those who share these views and beliefs in most cases can’t notice the ‘klyukva‘ in their views, being too busy fighting the opposite (quasi-)community of Russophobes (here: Russia haters from foreign countries) on the internet and offline. It should also be noted that Russophobes often deny that they are ‘Russophobes’ (i.e. have anti-Russian bias, etc.) while Russophiles often identify as ‘Russophiles’ (i.e. pro-Russian, etc.).
The image of Russia has been for many years distorted in/by the MSM and popular culture (see my previous posts on this topic). Thus, it is distorted not only in the ‘anti-Russian’ perspective but in the ‘pro-Russian’ (or what is thought to be ‘pro-Russian’) and so-called ‘neutral’/’objective’ as well. When a super-simplified idea that ‘Russia’s not that bad’ or ‘Russia has/should have its own interests which do not necessarily correspond to US and/or EU ones’ is presented as some sort of highbrow analysis, it tells you volumes about the common intellectual level of contemporary Russia discussion in the West.
To put it simple: if you deny or hate something, it doesn’t mean that you don’t support it (even against your will and/or knowledge of what you are doing). The ‘denial of the Western Grand Narrative of Russia‘, doesn’t actually challenge this narrative. Moreover, it’s a (double) negative identification/positioning – anti-anti-Russian – and substituting it with ‘pro-Russian’ doesn’t make it intrinsically positive…
To be continued.