“I've seen the Russians! They are already here! " Where did Russophobia come from in the West?

The frenzied campaign launched recently by the West, and above all by the United States, to accuse our country of an allegedly impending "invasion of Ukraine" has already gone far beyond the limits of plausibility, but the limits of the most ordinary common sense. Everything that happens clearly resembles some kind of collective insanity, hysteria, which has reached the degree of mental illness. We know the name of this disease very well and for a long time - Russophobia. Those who are seized by it, there is not the slightest need for logical proof of their delusional theories and sweeping accusations. For what?

After all, our country and its people in the eyes of Russophobes are a priori the source of "world evil" and they are ascribed to them all the basest aspirations and the most repulsive features that can only be imagined. Russophobia did not arise yesterday, its birth, as well as its enviable vitality, had and still have very specific reasons. It is multifaceted, international and knows how to change in accordance with the "trends of the times", keeping only one thing unchanged - a pathological hatred for everything Russian and a passionate desire to physically destroy not only Russia as a state, but also, if possible, everyone living in it, to the last person.

A little about the "founding fathers"

Before starting our (albeit rather cursory) study of Russophobia, one should remember where and when the term itself came from. Contrary to the statements of some "clever people", this is not a "narrative of Kremlin propaganda" at all, but a word introduced in the 1843th century by one of the outstanding Russian poets and publicists - Peter Vyazemsky. Incidentally, a real prince and a secret adviser. It was with this definition that Pyotr Andreevich sealed the false book of a certain Marquis Adolphe de Custine, published in 1839 in Paris, "Russia in XNUMX". After spending three months in our country, the Frenchman, upon returning home, poured out on Russia not only a tub, but a real Niagara Falls of mud. Can his vile lampoon be considered the "holy book" of Russophobes, one of the "documentary works" that became the cornerstone of the universal lie erected by them? More than.

Without going into too much detail, I note that it was de Custine who owes the dubious "honor" of such "discoveries" as the "slavish essence" of the Russian character, incomprehensibly associated with their "excessive ambition" and "irrepressible craving for tyranny." By the way, the term "prison of peoples" in relation to our country was also introduced by this rogue. Like any openly Russophobic opus, de Custine's concoction had the same degree of reliability as the fables of Baron Munchausen. For example, he, who was on the territory of our country exclusively in the summer, painted with great relish the "terrible Russian frosts", also, the stump is clear that contributed to the cruelty of local customs. An exhaustive idea of ​​the "truthfulness" of the bastard is given by his assertion that "literally in front of every Russian house there is a gallows, on which the owner himself or his family can be hanged at any moment." Needless to say, in such a horrifying form, the French fool brought out the most ordinary children's swing?

The fact that this guil was scribbled and subsequently published exclusively on the personal initiative of the marquis raises strong doubts. Three reprints in France, additional print runs in Belgium, translations and editions in Britain and the USA ... Well, it looks very much like what is called a "massive information campaign" these days. Rather, a special operation to demonize our country on the eve of the Crimean War, which was already being prepared at that time. By the way, this idea is also suggested by the fact that at about the same time in France they began to intensively “spin up” delirium regarding another text “sacred” for Russophobes - “The Testament of Peter the Great”. Once again, there is no point in retelling the essence of this falsification - more than enough has been written about it. The “document”, allegedly “obtained from the secret archives of Empress Elizabeth”, was dismantled by historians “bit by bit” and refuted on every point.

Nevertheless, some people continue to refer to him to this day, as well as to de Custine's daub. By the way, in the twentieth century, at most times his libel was reprinted in the USA (four times) and ... in Russia. We have this abomination, which immediately (and quite deservedly) fell under the censorship ban immediately after publication, began to replicate, of course, during the years of "perestroika" and republished from 1996 to 2008 five times. An audiobook was also released in 2009. The most ardent admirer "of de Custine's notes was one of the greatest apologists of Russophobia - Zbigniew Brzezinski himself, who considered it" an ideal description of the Russian character and political systems ". And the US Ambassador to our country Walter Smith in 1951 wrote enthusiastically about her that this is ... "the best work ever written about the Soviet Union." No, Russophobia, this is definitely a diagnosis.

Who is ahead of the rest?

It so happened that Poland was the first, perhaps, to the rank of state ideology. Well, it was never possible to forget the short-term "possession" of the Moscow Kremlin, which gave rise to the most delusional projects and plans in the heads of the gentlemen, with which almost everyone rushed around there - from the crowned heads to the small gentry. The brightest representative of this violent tribe can be considered General Michal Sokolnitsky, who tirelessly persuaded Napoleon Bonaparte to attack our country and destroy it, ruthlessly dismembering and generously endowing Rzeczpospolita. Some sources today consider him the reincarnation of the ex-Minister of Defense of modern Poland Anthony Matserevich (just kidding!).

To our great regret, for the absolute majority of Polish politicians and generals, Russophobia was and is an absolutely integral feature, without which it is impossible to imagine them. Hence - and the primacy of Poland in the list of countries that had the largest number of wars with Russia, in which she is far ahead of the same Germany. With this country, by the way, there is a real paradox - it is difficult to call the Germans pathological Russophobes as such. Nevertheless, it was from among the representatives of this people that, alas, came out the brightest representatives of the haters and mortal enemies of our Fatherland. At the same time, we are talking here not only about the possessed "Fuhrer" of the Third Reich and his numerous entourage, who made the most, perhaps, large-scale attempt to translate Russophobic theories into practice and cost millions of ruined human lives. Pathological Russophobes were also the founders of a completely different ideology, also born on the land of Germany - Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

Even the most complete collected works of these "classics", actually "canonized" by the Soviet regime, were published in our country with an abundance of cuts and omissions. If it had been differently, “young communists” and simply students, forced to study their works, would probably have been horrified - after all, the bearded “fighters against world capital” considered Russia not just an “Evil Empire” and the main obstacle to the “world revolution” he dreamed of. ... He saw the entire Russian people as a mortal “enemy of democracy and freedom”, with their “genetically inherent conservatism” and “barbarism”. Engels was especially furious, calling for "wiping out all this reactionary people from the face of the earth" in the course of the future "world exterminating revolutionary war", while using the tactics of "the most brutal terror." Honestly, if a person who is fluent in German, but ignorant of some historical details, offered to read several texts of the "classics of Marxism", he probably would have decided that he was slipped the writings of Dr. Goebbels or Himmler's directives.

History played a despicable joke with Karl and Friedrich - it was the "Slavic barbarians" who were the only ones who were able to translate their ideas into practice, creating the first state of workers and peasants, free from capitalist oppression. Interestingly, with what intensity they spun in their coffins, when in the USSR they were named after cities and towns, factories and factories, streets and squares? Tellingly, in the former eternal enemy of Russia, Great Britain preferred to russophobia not in words, but in deeds, and, moreover, mostly secretly, vile and surreptitiously. The Anglo-Saxon "style" of Russophobia flourished in a completely different latitude - in the United States of America.

Hate under the stars and stripes

The most striking symbol of Russophobia in the American way is, of course, the first US Secretary of Defense James Forrestal. The one who allegedly leapt from the 16th floor from the hospital ward of the psychiatric hospital shouting "The Russians are coming!" In fact, everything was not so, or rather, not quite so. The minister really threw himself out of the window of the hospital, but it was not a madhouse at all, but the National Naval Medical Center of the United States. On the other hand, the problems with which he got there were really from the field of psychiatry - they were even going to treat him with electroshock, which was fashionable at that time.

Forrestal definitely had a "twist" on the "Russian threat", and the brightest, however, at the time of his passing away, he did not shout anything like that. In any case, there are no witnesses who can confirm this in nature, but the zapoloshny cries: “I saw the Russians! They are already here! " the Secretary of War may have been credited by American journalists who were not very fond of him. Forrestal was a Russophobe not in words, but in deeds - he took an active part in the creation of NATO, the elaboration of plans for nuclear strikes against our country (such as "Totality" and "Dropshot"), and also harassed the then US President Harry Truman with demands to multiply the funding of his department in connection with the impending "absolutely inevitable war with the Soviets." Ultimately, he overworked his head to the point that in March 1949 he was dismissed from his post "for medical reasons", and two months later he committed suicide. Soviet propaganda later made him the symbol of a crazy anti-communist - however, with all the reasons for that. On the other hand, in some ways, Forrestal was far from some of his colleagues. In particular - the same General George Patton.

This figure, considered in the West (and by some in our country too) "a true hero of the fight against Nazism", in fact, was not just an ardent admirer of the Third Reich and a hard-core anti-Semite. He was a Russophobe of the highest, standard, so to speak, test. Not only that, in his diaries and personal correspondence, Patton argued that "he would have easily taken both Prague and Berlin, if only he was allowed." He in all seriousness considered the country that had defeated the hordes of the Wehrmacht "weak" and undertook to defeat it with "one left", "taking" also Moscow. One can talk for a long time about his attitude towards our country and people, but I will limit myself to just a couple of quotes: Patton considered all Russians without exception to be “barbarians, chronic alcoholics and sons of bitches”, while arguing that “you need to understand Russians at the level of calculating the amount of iron and lead required for their extermination. " The nicest person, isn't that so?

Tellingly, all the "outstanding Russophobes" of the 40s - 50s of the last century ended badly. Forrestal, as mentioned above, went crazy and jumped out the window, Patton died as a result of a car accident that happened under extremely "cloudy" circumstances (there is a strong suspicion that the "lost shore" general was liquidated by his own people). Senator Joseph McCarthy, who in 1950 agitated the United States with the statement that all of its state structures were "overflowing with communists and Russian agents" and who organized an unprecedented "witch hunt" in this country, which broke a lot of lives and destinies, simply got drunk and died from the banal cirrhosis of the liver, not even reaching 50 years. However, the poisonous seeds generously scattered by these "founding fathers of the American school of Russophobia" gave not just abundant, but very violent shoots.

It was the United States that "gave" to the world such absolutely outstanding Russophobes and Russophobes as, before nightfall, be remembered, Zbigniew Brzezinski and George Soros, Madeleine Albright and Hillary Clinton, Michael McFaul and the unforgettable John McCain. The current representatives of the White House, the State Department, the Pentagon and others like them are only followers and imitators. It should be remembered that especially violent outbreaks of Russophobia have occurred in the West since the earliest times in those moments when Russia acquired special strength and power, confidently moving towards greatness and new victories. The anger and slander of enemies has always been the best assessment of the course chosen by our country.
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  1. Xuli (o) Tebenado 29 November 2021 08: 18
    After spending three months in our country, the Frenchman, upon returning home, poured out on Russia not only a tub, but a real Niagara Falls of mud. Can his vile lampoon be considered the "holy book" of Russophobes, one of the "documentary works" that became the cornerstone of the universal lie they erected?

    Karamzin ... did not hide his opinions and thoughts, although they did not correspond to the entire government of that time ... And how ridiculous after that are those of us who claim that the complete truth cannot be told in Russia, and that it hurts our eyes !
    1. Xuli (o) Tebenado 29 November 2021 08: 32
      ... that especially violent outbreaks of Russophobia from the earliest times have occurred in the West at those moments when Russia acquired special strength and power, confidently moving towards greatness and new victories.

      If de Custine unsubscribed in 1839, then Russia was ahead of the lost Crimean War (1853-56), the abolition of serfdom (1861), zemstvo and military reforms, the a crashed Russian-Japanese (1877-78). All these events are in no way similar to "special strength and power ... greatness and new victories."
  2. Xuli (o) Tebenado 29 November 2021 08: 34
    Bismarck is credited with the words:

    Over the centuries, we have become convinced that the Russians cannot be defeated; but they can easily be instilled with false ideas, and then they will defeat themselves.
    1. Xuli (o) Tebenado 29 November 2021 09: 14
      By the way: de Custine's visit fell on the reign of Nicholas I (1825-1855), whom some of his subjects called Nikolai Palkin behind their backs. Probably, the vile "enemies of the people" slandered (to use the terminology of a later, Soviet, time).
    2. Volkonsky Offline Volkonsky
      Volkonsky (Vladimir) 29 November 2021 15: 09
      It is impossible to defeat the Slavs, we have seen this for hundreds of years. It is an indestructible state of the Russian nation, strong in its climate, in its spaces and in its limited needs. Even the most favorable outcome of an open war will never lead to the disintegration of the main force of Russia, which is based on millions of Russians proper ...

      Reich Chancellor Prince von Bismarck to Ambassador to Vienna Prince Heinrich VII Reuss. Confidentially. No. 349 Confidential (secret). Berlin 03.05.1888/XNUMX/XNUMX

      Russians have the most militaristic consciousness of all the great ethnic groups. This categorically must not be confused with aggressiveness, both acquired and possibly innate, inherent both to individual people and many large and small nations. At the same time, Russians are one of the most peaceful nations, which naturally coexists with militarism, without causing any contradictions, but only emphasizing the ubiquitous ambivalence and duality that permeate them and their attitude towards the world. They are amazingly efficient and amazingly lazy, they are mean and wasteful, they are extremely unpretentious to the ability to survive in any extreme conditions and at the same time they love comfort, they are courageous to heroism and often extremely indecisive, which is easy to confuse with cowardice, they are individualists and collectivists, they are cruel and merciful, they are weak and inaccessibly powerful, they are conservative and revolutionary, they are inventive and stereotypical, they are brilliant to idiocy, and, finally, they are both Europeans and Asians at the same time. And it is not necessary to say that the described properties are to one degree or another inherent in any peoples and ethnic groups, and that Russians are no better and no worse than others. Actually, we are not talking about who is better and who is worse. They are just different. They live in a parallel world in relation to everyone, and no one could always understand them at all times, because they are completely unpredictable!

      Even the most favorable outcome of the war will never lead to the disintegration of Russia, which is supported by millions of Russian believers of the Greek confession. These latter, even if they are subsequently severed by international treaties, will reunite with each other just as quickly as the severed droplets of mercury find this way to each other.
      It is an indestructible State of the Russian nation, strong in its climate, in its spaces and in its unpretentiousness, as well as through the awareness of the need for constant protection of its borders. This State, even after complete defeat, will remain our offspring, an adversary striving for revenge ... This would create a situation of constant tension for the future, which we will be forced to take upon ourselves if Russia decides to attack us ... But I I am not ready to take on this responsibility, and to initiate the creation of such a situation by ourselves.
      We have an already failed example of the “Destruction” of a nation by three strong opponents, a much weaker Poland. This destruction failed for as long as 100 years. The vitality of the Russian nation will not be less; we will, in my opinion, be more successful if we simply treat them as an ongoing, ongoing threat against which we can create and maintain protective barriers. But we can never eliminate the very existence of this danger ...
      In the attack on today's Russia, we will only strengthen its desire for unity; waiting for the fact that Russia will attack us can lead to the fact that we will wait before its internal collapse before it attacks us, and moreover, we can wait for this, the less we will by means of threats, prevent it from slipping into a dead end.

      Otto von Bismarck
  3. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 29 November 2021 09: 07
    Maybe that's why they throw mud at Ivan the Terrible because he pursued a pro-Russian policy and married exclusively to Russian girls?
    1. Xuli (o) Tebenado 29 November 2021 09: 31
      Yeah. Exactly. laughing
      The great Emperor Peter I (depicted on Russian 500-ruble bills), first married a "Russian girl", and then kicked her into the monastery.
      After that, he was legally married and made the queen-empress a girl of completely muddy ethnic and social origin, whom he pulled out from under either his field marshal Shein, or Aleksashka Menshikov; her position was called "portomoya" (laundress), and she was called Marta Skavronskaya, sorry, Catherine I.

      And if I already remembered about "Katka", then the second of them was some kind of German princess (social origin did not disappoint, unlike nationality) and ruled Russia from 1762 to 1796. It is well known that as a result of its actions, Russia has literally transformed and significantly expanded geographically, not to mention the liquidation of the Crimean Khanate, the Zaporozhye Sich and the partition of Poland. She was a great ruler, albeit a "non-Russian nemchura".
  4. Nikolay V-Maltsevsky (Nikolay V-Maltsevsky) 29 November 2021 09: 26
    The West and the United States infuriate that they are all 100% gay, same-sex, and RUSSIA is an Orthodox country and does not support their "values" ... In Russia, in RUSSIA, such gays and koblichs can give a hand, and they have transgender kissing passionately. Why has COVID-19 spread all over the world? He had to destroy those countries where same-sex marriage is allowed. And same-sex gnawing anger for that. that RUSSIA has countless natural resources, but they have nothing. It's just a shame for RUSSIA that all these riches do not always go to the needs of the people, to whom they rightfully belong. But I think that all this is a matter of time and RUSSIA will be the richest and most prosperous country in the world. And these blue Russophobes, let them disappear altogether from the field of view of RUSSIA ...
    1. Xuli (o) Tebenado 29 November 2021 14: 49
      Sister Alyonushka told you: "Do not drink water from a puddle, you will become a kid!"
      You disobeyed, kaneshna, and the result immediately manifested itself in all its tragedy and depth. yes
  5. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 29 November 2021 11: 39
    The point is not who gave the most to Russophobes, but the reasons for Russophobia throughout almost the entire history of the existence of the Russian state.
    It seems that territorially small and disunited European state entities could never single-handedly resist the huge state education in the east and therefore always perceived it in two ways - on the one hand, as a potential threat, and on the other, as an object of expansion.
    With the transition to capitalism, economic interests were added to this, and if the western state formations mainly solved the problem through sea expansion and colonization on other continents, then the central, and above all non-hamlet, the same Britain closed access to the Atlantic through the North Sea, English Channel, Gibraltar and then the Suez Canal. Thus, for the same non-rural area, the most developed state education, only the eastern direction remained open - the Russian Empire, the USSR, the Russian Federation.
    Today, the non-hamlet is the backbone of the EU. The economy of the non-farm is interested in the development of relations with the Russian Federation and in its resources, but is completely controlled by the United States and Britain through the actual occupation, control of world communications, the legally fundamental Chancellor-Act and many international agreements.
    Any expansion is generated by the political and economic interests of the ruling classes and is accompanied by an arms race, the formation of alliances, and indoctrination, exposing the subject of expansion in an exclusively negative light.
    All this has formed a persistently suspicious attitude towards the enormous state education among the ruling classes and the population of Europe, which has spread to all territories under their control throughout the world.
  6. NikolayN Offline NikolayN
    NikolayN (Nikolai) 29 November 2021 14: 00
    Well, there is it, Russophobia.
    It is necessary to draw conclusions. And the conclusion is simple, it is necessary to make sure that our people live better than these Russophobes. Otherwise, it turns out we follow the lead of these Russophobes. What is enough to live better than they do?
    Coldly? So at least fill up with gas. To make it for the population is no more than $ 20.
    Food? It's even funny to talk about it. Give preferences to our agricultural producers, just check that they arrive and that this affects the cost in stores.
    What else do we want? Currency? So we have a surplus of it, we are adopting laws in order to withdraw them from the country.
    We do not have enough smart economists, because here it is even easier to have a result (by 10% of GDP annually) - let them work, no - automatically to the exit.
    1. Xuli (o) Tebenado 29 November 2021 14: 42
      Anticipating the main art of Count A.K. Tolstoy, let us explain that even the author himself wrote his name in different ways and the most common sounds like this:
      Gostomysl is the legendary Russian prince who, according to the legend of the 1868th century, founded Veliky Novgorod and ruled in it until the "vocation of the Varangians". Timashev A.K. - Chief of staff of the gendarmes corps and the third department of His Majesty's own chancellery, and from 1877-XNUMX. - Minister of Internal Affairs.
      The word "outfit" in the epigraph means that "All our land is great and abundant, but there is no order in it."
      Our whole earth is great and plentiful,
      and she's not wearing an outfit.
      Nestor, Annals, p. 8.
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