A phobia is defined as “an anxiety disorder characterized by an extreme and irrational fear of simple things and social situations” (worldwebnet.princeton.edu), an “intense and persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, animals or people. The main symptom of this disorder is the excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared stimulus…” (en.wikipedia.org). There are many other sources, but all agree a phobia is a mental disorder that, taken to an extreme, manifests itself in irrational behaviour. Russophobia, then, is an extreme and irrational fear of Russia and all things Russian. What you will find at La Russophobe is a psychiatrist’s wet dream. An excellent example of this poor disturbed creature’s mental illness is her depiction of the “glorious Russian flag”. A helpful illustration on the homepage of this blog depicts the Russian flag is it appears to well-adjusted, non-crazy adults.
Note: This blog was originally driven mostly by reaction to the deliberate mischaracterizations and falsehoods published at La Russophobe. That blog still exists in archive form, although it is no longer updated, and its author has moved operations to a new blog, “Dying Russia”. This blog rarely deals with the nonsense published there any more, having shifted to a more international focus.
Russophobia as exhibited at La Russophobe is therefore not a true phobia at all, but the name was likely chosen because “La Russoloather ” had too many syllables for a rhythmic cadence. Russophobia as exhibited at La Russophobe is nothing more than mean and small-minded hatred of a large demographic – and everything associated with it – based on the actions or perceived actions of a few. It’s surprising how often something is passed off as a “phobia” when it’s actually a hatred or strong dislike. Those who are exhorted by the site to hop aboard the good ship “Russophobia” should therefore understand what they’re being asked to sign on for.