See my encounter with a russian phone tech living in Canada. The Ukraine situation is the fault of the US according to him.Scraper wrote: Hell Putin has something crazy like a 75% approval rating in Russia. Explain that one to me, I know Putin destroyed their free press, but come on people can still get on the internet there and see that the stuff he is selling them is bullshit.
He's living in Canada. Has access to the internet and is surrounded by western media sources. Sometimes people believe what they want to believe, and nothing will change that. It takes a special kind of lying to yourself to look at the current situation (well, earlier, when the Ukraine people were protesting, and their Russian puppet leader fled after agreeing to changes) to decide that it's the US's fault.
Not that I'm comparing Putin directly to Hitlier in all aspects, but like Hitler, Putin is giving hope, pride and strength to people that are/were demoralized. When you are a world power, then collapse, and someone gives you hope and leadership (even if he's a tyrant) you WANT to believe.
It's a different mindset over there. Just like Russia will always been an enemy to the US for some in America, the US will always be an enemy of Russia to some russians.