I Putin a lot of hard work this week.
Much of this week, aside from work, was spent asking people on social media about Russia and Poutine. I mean Putin.
Ironically, I had interacted more with Russians and Ukrainians this week than in my entire life. For some reason, the social media algorithms were sending me clips of Russian comedians - maybe that's because I searched 'Russia' and 'comedians' :-) Lol
With Russia starting a campaign in Ukraine, what I was most interested in was people's view of Putin, and whether they saw him as a victim or villain?
Let me report back my findings:
The majority of people, at least in my circles, felt Putin was a victim of Western aggression. Not sure, what that says about the people I talk to. This is not my view. I have no strong view. I honestly just don't know enough about the issue to comment.
I did notice that the 'Covid Mainstream' - you know those who think French Fries are vegetables and Channel 9 infotainment is the only 'news' - were decidedly anti-Putin. Some Russians said that 'awww, Ukrainians are tough and just love fighting. Others, mainly Ukrainians, said that it was okay because their government was a kind of dictatorship anyway. Then, others were aghast and thought Putin sound be sent packing. These are minority views.
On Telegram I had some amazing ex-pat Russians/Ukrainians give me their versions (wursions) of events. They reported on the history of ownership, and conflict in the region, the role that the 'West' had in provoking Russia in an aggressive Nato strategy, and even a version where Putin was blowing up US based virus labs in Ukraine - an altruistic goal by Putin to fight back against the narrative (hate that word). Then, in brief interactions in real life, I heard hearsay that Western leaders, including our own Grand Lizard, had come out in support of the Ukraine.
Others pointed out - forget Russia - keep an eye on those slippery Chinese fucktards in the CCP. Yep, praying for Taiwan. I definitely got a position on that one.
To tell you the truth, I have no idea.
It sounds trite; I only care about the people who are hurt during these conflicts. Governments are despicable. Whether it is a Russian or Ukrainian state, they have no right in killing innocent people over ego and poor communication skills.
The one person I had the most interesting conversation with an actual real life Russian from Russia (last night).
She is a Russian mum, looking for some project work. She speaks with a lovely thick Russian accent. Or, to be accurate, in Russian, AK-Zent. As an aside, I wish I could walk around all day, Zpeaken in RuLassian ... 'Nyet, can I hov a cough, pu-leazee'. We zoomed last night.