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Author: Gevorg Mirzayan
(By Gevorg Mirzayan. Ekspert, Nov. 21, 2016, p. 54. Complete text:) For a long time it seemed that Russia’s policy in Eastern Europe from the Baltic region to Moldova (except for the small islet of Belarus) was getting bogged down in a swamp of total Russophobia. All of the Kremlin’s attempts to consolidate its positions in the East European periphery, or at least build partnership relations with it, are coming up against local elites’ frenzied Russophobia, which is supported from both sides of the Atlantic. Some Russian experts have already given up on these young Europeans, preferring to go over their East European heads and come to terms with their Brussels or Washington apparatchiks directly.
However, as it turned out, they were wrong to give up. The combination of the economic crisis, the rise in nationalism, the discrediting of European bureaucracy and, naturally, the ripple effect from Donald Trump’s election [see Current Digest, Vol. 68, No. 45, pp. 3 - 6] have led a number of East European countries to revolt against rampant propaganda in the name of common sense. They have finally voted with their wallets. East European citizens are gradually growing weary of their anti-Russian elites, who place values and phobias above national interests, and are looking for sensible new people.
Actually, these people have already been found in some countries. In Bulgaria and Moldova, [presidential] votes were won by Rumen Radev, a Bulgarian Socialist Party candidate, who garnered 59.35% of the vote, and Moldovan Socialist Party leader Igor Dodon, with 52.18% [see Current Digest, Vol. 68, No. 46, p. 14 and pp. 14 - 15], respectively. These two different men with different backgrounds are similar in that they advocate returning to the priority of national interests over supranational ideology. They are not Russophiles or Europhobes - simply normal national politicians. That is more than enough for Moscow.
The presidential election ...