Contrary to the propaganda from the mainstream media that Russia is in dire economic straits and that the European Union is doing well, over 150,000 ethnic Russians decided to repatriate themselves out of Europe and from former Soviet satellite states to return to their ancestral homeland in 2016.
Although primarily leaving states considered to be part of the Eastern European bloc like the Czech Republic and Romania, over 20% of the moves came out of continental European countries where anti-Russian sentiment and ‘Russophobia’ has risen due to scared political leaders in the establishment blaming Russia as a scapegoat for their failing governments and economies.
About 150 thousand people returned to Russia from foreign countries in 2016, the interior ministry said. State support for repatriates and the anti-Russia campaign in Western countries were the top reasons given.
According to the report, quoted by Izvestia daily, the total number of people who returned to Russia from foreign nations in 2016 was 146,585. Most of them returned from former Soviet republics, but as many as 30,000 people returned to Russia from EU countries, the report reads.
Head of the Upper House Committee for International Relations Konstantin Kosachev told Izvestia that the phenomenon could be explained in part by the surge in anti-Russia propaganda in the West, and the general public’s subsequent change in attitude to Russians after 2014. “The demonization of Russia, its citizens and ethnic Russians who live abroad is an additional motivation for people who make the decision to return to their motherland,” the senator said.
A man called Yan, who has lived in Paris for over 20 years, told the newspaper that he personally knew about 20 people who had decided to return to Russia because of the changed attitude of the French.
“Most media knowingly distort information in order to keep the population of Europe in constant fear of Russia. When you find yourself in a group that is under constant pressure you would defend your people or your nation more vigorously. But in the end you grow tired of justifying it and decide to return to where your home is,” Yan told reporters. – Russia Today
Despite the number of hate speech laws created within the EU over the past few years, and the welcoming of refugees from war torn Islamic countries into European borders, Europe has a long history of both scapegoating and attacking certain ethnic groups for political reasons such as with the Jews during the 19th century in what would become known as the Dreyfus Affair, and of course these same peoples in 20th century Germany during the holocaust.
However today’s bigotry in Europe and the Balkin states of ethnic Russians has little to do with anything the Russian government has actually done overtly to the EU, but rather that these peoples make a perfect scapegoat for establishment politicians who seek to blame them as the cause for the rise in populism and the potential downfall of their oligarchical control within the European Union.
It is an interesting dichotomy when individuals would rather move to Russia to find tolerance and economic prosperity, than to remain in Europe under the false pretenses as being a place safe from bigotry and having a sound economy. But these fallacies are in large part why political leaders such as Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen, and Beppe Grillo are threatening the fabric of the EU, and where they are rejecting this anti-Russia hate that is nothing more than a means to obfuscate the political failures of the Old Guard in control.
Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for The Daily Economist, Secretsofthefed.com, Roguemoney.net, and Viral Liberty, and hosts the popular youtube podcast on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.