‘Pro-Russian’ as a Negative Marker


Moscow Kremlin

Pro-Russian‘ is not a ‘neutral’ term. It is a negative marker in the (current) Western master discourse of Russia. It’s an ‘evil twin‘ of a positive marker, i.e. ‘pro-Western‘. The root of the word ‘pro-Russian’ (‘Russia’) is itself a logoepisteme 

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Russia as the Ideal Other for the West


Russia West Mirrors

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son,
the jaws that bite and claws that scratch
Beware the jubjub bird
and shun the frumious bandersnatch.

Lewis Carroll, “Jabberwocky”.

It is no use to blame the looking glass if your face is awry.

Nikolai Gogol, “The Inspector General”.

Russia is the ideal Other for the West (and vice versa). It is rather obvious to me yet often overlooked by various Russia watchers and experts. The reason behind this phenomenon is not only ‘bias’ or ‘propaganda’. Continue reading “Russia as the Ideal Other for the West”