“Everyone is just like us, everything else is pretense”

Maxim Trudolyubov writes in The Moscow Times and on the Kennan Institute blog:

I don’t know whether the Kremlin even has a favorite in the U.S. elections, but I do know what Russia’s ruling politicians love to watch. They love seeing others get caught in what one might call a “Russian trap”: when others are caught doing the very thing they accuse Moscow of doing. They enjoy watching those who accuse Moscow of calling its opponents “foreign agents” do the same to their own political opponents… This proves Moscow’s political creed beautifully: everyone is just like us, everything else is pretense.

I’m not sure one can know with perfect certainty what entertainment these folks like best, but that creed sounds familiar.

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