Thu Mar 16th, 2006 at 01:16:49 PM EST
Latvian SS march sparks clashes
I had read in various Latvian press briefings that this year would be different <sigh>. It was not...
SS veterans' marches cause outrage among Russian-speakers in Latvia
Latvia police have made dozens of arrests after pro-Russian activists tried to bloc a march of SS veterans and young nationalists in Riga.
The veterans had fought against Soviet troops on the side of Hitler's Germany in World War II.
The march in the capital was sanctioned by the Latvian authorities and took place amidst heavy police presence.
From the diaries, hoping to draw out Latvian commentary ~ whataboutbob
Wed Mar 15th, 2006 at 12:49:21 PM EST
They don't like Russians here
"РУССКИХ ЗДЕСЬ НЕ ЛЮБЯТ"
This is currently the frontpage article on Izvestiya's website. Their electronic version usually closely follows the print one, so I wouldn't be surprised if it is also on the frontpage there. In either case, millions of Russians are currently reading this article.
Apparently, the Gallop Institute recently conducted surveys to determine attitudes/relations between certain countries. It turns out that Russia is least liked in France, Finland, Poland, Great Britain, and South Korea. The Izvestiya article examines Finland, as the survey indicates that 62 percent of Finns dislike Russia.
In the interests of multilingual diaries (Oops, did I just open a can of worms?), I am including the Russian source, along with my translation.
[Updated to include a link to the poll's source]
It appears that this is the source.
This page is interesting because it has world public opinion on Great Britain, America, France, China, etc. And lots of pretty graphs!
You can see the methodology and the questions in the following pdf:
Mon Mar 13th, 2006 at 10:47:09 AM EST
from the diaries
The following is an attempt to provide the Russian point of view of the prevailing western bias against Russia. I highly recommend the intelligent.ru site I link to below. It has English-language analysis of current events from Russia (and Russian) commentators. I think the quality of the discussion is much higher than Johnson's Russia List.