I guess I should start off with a disclaimer – I am not Russian, not in any way affiliated with the Kremlin, don’t personally know anyone there, and am not involved in Russian policymaking in any capacity. I likewise do not receive any remuneration or consideration for using the title, “the Kremlin Stooge”, and chose it only to annoy and exercise Russophobes. It was inspired by one of the many insulting rejoinders I received as a commenter on the blog La Russophobe. My personal favourite is “Soviet Goon Boy”, awarded by a particularly unlettered and thickheaded Ukrainian nationalist currently living in Australia, named Bohdan – but it didn’t seem to have the same refreshing hyperbole when used as a blog title.
Well, then. I chose to start this blog after being banned from commenting on La Russophobe under two subsequent identities, after which it just wasn’t worth inventing a new one. I encourage you to check out La Russophobe, because if you’re not familiar with the completely unbridled nuttiness, out-of-control egotism and tunnel vision of the author, I wouldn’t be able to accurately describe it to you. Therefore, this blog is dedicated to exposing and refuting the nonsense offered by the crackpot who calls herself La Russophobe, as well as the supporting nonsense of her dozen or so followers. In fact, it is here she has enjoyed her greatest success – inspiring the creation of blogs which disagree with her (this one makes at least three).
My name is Mark Chapman, I am a born-and-bred Canadian, and my positive interest in Russia springs from my relationship with Russians I like and admire, met mostly through my Russian wife. Far from the uncultured, uneducated, slovenly and savage rabble portrayed by La Russophobe, I find Russia a fascinating country with a rich history, a proud and intelligent people and a government which is making steady progress in the best interests of its people despite a torrent of derision and rudeness from some Western sources.
Let’s get to it, shall we?
Note: In the case of some of the posts on this blog, I have written only the lead-in; the first couple of paragraphs, and the meat of the post itself was written by another author. To this point (October 2011) the only guest poster is kovane, who is a Russian living in Moscow; as such, he offers a valuable national viewpoint, and he has written some of the posts that drew the best response. Posts by kovane are identified as such in the lead-in.