Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Does Putin's food import ban mean that Russia is at war with the West?


Vladimir Putin is trying to make ordinary Russian citizens believe they are at war again, according to a column in the Washington Post, Wednesday, August 13, 2014, by Masha Gessen, on p. A19. The print title is "Russia's war economy", but the online versions has a more startling title, "Food import ban means that Russia is fully at war with the West", link here.  Russians are supposed to see the high grocery prices as a heroic war sacrifice, like in WWII.  "You no longer get to sit around in cafes".  Russia has apparently also banned public wi-fi.

It is pretty obvious how this ties back to the Russian anti-gay propaganda law of 2013, with the idea that Russians owe the country more babies and bigger families.

Gessen is the author of "The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin" (Riverhead, 2013).  

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