During the Soviet era there were quite a number of useful idiots in the West, who - for various ideological/pecuniary/opportunistic reasons - were willing to praise the corrupted communist rulers. Fortunately there not many western observers and commentators who perform the same type of services for the present corrupt and criminal master(s) in the Kremlin.
That´s why it is all the more surprising that the renowned Forbes Magazine has chose a person like Mark Adomanis - a de facto Public Relations officer for Putin and a contributor to Russia´s propaganda outlet Russia Today - as its "Russia hand".
Here are a couple of recent samples:However, while recognizing that it exists and can be quite ugly, I’ve long thought that it is a mistake to focus on the irascible and anti-Western side of Putin. Doing so is a mistake because if you focus only on the anti-Western bits you miss a pragmatic and realistic streak that, on some issues, makes Putin eminently comfortable with close cooperation with Western countries. more comfortable than many Russians at the high levels of the foreign policy and defense bureaucracies who really do dislike and distrust the West as a matter of principle. Indeed I would argue that Putin’s realist streak is a lot more important in understanding his foreign policy, and his conception of where Russia fits in the world, than his often ham-handed attacks on Western interventionism, arrogance, and hypocrisy. “Realist” doesn’t mean “good” or “warm” or “cuddly,” but it does mean that Putin is absolutely someone who is comprehensively “anti-Western” in outlook.
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