On the first page of the New York Times (the first page! the New York Times!) there is an article on the protests of Russian truck drivers that I recently told you about.
The entirely clueless, dumb and lazy author of the piece not only refers to truck drivers as “middle-class” (truck drivers! in Russia! middle-class!) but insists that the protests demonstrate that the people of Russia are getting fed up with Putin (fed up! with Putin! in Russia!).
There is nothing I would love more than to believe that Russians are getting enough of Putinism but one has got to be delusional to believe that. The Internet is filled to the brim with videos and interviews of the protesting truck drivers. Time and again, they repeat how much they love, adore and support Putin and repeat that their real enemy are Jews in general and two Jewish brothers with the last name of Rotenberg in particular.
There is a really important story here, and that story is not the imaginary anti-Putinism of entirely fictional middle-class truck drivers. Rather, the story is that anti-semitism has come out of hiding in Russia and is now almost overshadowing the anti-Ukrainian and anti-Chechen sentiments. (“Almost” being the operative word here.) But it’s obviously too much to ask that journalists run a couple of Google searches to find out what is really happening.