13-16 June 2024

14 Jun 2024
Town Hall

The Good Russian

Since the war in Ukraine, the “Russians” have become a pariah race. We are told there are  “Russians” around every corner and assassins in every city. They are behind every hacking, scandal, crisis, and so on. These “Russians” helped Donald Trump win the US Presidential Election. These “Russians” wish to undermine democracy, humiliate the West, invade Europe, fan the horrors of war, and overall be the monsters that they are indefinitely. The media, the politicians, and the public are so engrossed in the idea of this apparently clear-cut mutual enemy that they do not recognize just how much pain and confusion they are causing. Are the Russians our eternal enemy, some Slavic super-race committed to destruction? In this black and white world, what does it mean to be a Good Russian? What does it mean to be part of the Russian race in 2024?

Jana Bakunina with David McWilliams