I heard many times claims that while Russia is in the Cold War with the West, her youth is more “integrationist” towards EU. Well, no. This is the shift I am writing about for a long time now, and here is some latest data.
The author of the piece, Glenn Diesen, obviously has some major misgivings about “Soviet Communism”, since it was very conservative in a social sense and overwhelming majority of Russians, including this very youth, are not outright dismissive of “Soviet communism” achievements, much of which were based in essence on the Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. But what cannot be hidden anymore is this:
So, I hope, this will close this never-ending debate, even if for a short while, about Russians wanting to follow Europe. Well, only some urban office plankton and Kreakls, sure–nobody will miss them in Russia. Especially current “creative” class. But as I state non-stop, want to know Russian youth mood? Hell, ask why today service in the Russian Armed Forces actually sees competition of recruits, especially for such services as paratroopers, spetsnaz, naval infantry. Youth, actually, wants to serve and volunteer to serve. This is unprecedented in Russia’s modern history and it speaks volumes. Plus, who in their own mind in Russia, who lives, studies or works in Moscow, St. Pete, Rostov or Voronezh, just to name a few localities, would want to live in the modern West? To do what? Russians never lived as well as they live today in their history. Have you walked the streets of Russian cities or towns–the number of beautiful girls is through the roof. My son’s expression when he visited Russia already in the age of initial dating was simple: “Wow”. And those girls are not only beautiful, they want a man, they want a family, kids, the works.
In the times of a broadband internet, smart-phones, video feeds, YouTube and other platforms–it is impossible to cover up the real state of the affairs in the West. Plus many Russians travel, a lot, to the West, including youth–most are not impressed. And, of course, the economic future is tangible, it is bright and again–see WHO marches in the Immortal Regiments all over Russia on Victory Day. Right, youth. In huge numbers. So, there you go. There will be no Europe from Lisbon to Vladivostok and it is all for the better, for Russia. As for Europe…well, you know my opinion.