Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: New York, New York
Re: The Russification of Serbia
Given that half of my family is Serbian and I have many Serbian friends, I wouldn't say Russia is loved over there. But it's typical that people support Russia over Western countries in sport and support Russia's case against USA. Which can be totally understood, if you think of who bombed Serbia or pushed for Kosovo. Presenting this mindset as some evil thing - is like asking for a kiss after a rape, be real.
But on the streets, you don't see Russian people, Russian investments (Gazprom is Crvena Zvezda's sponsor, but gives almost no money, compare this to Abramovich and Chelsea... does it mean England is russified?).
You see a lot of Chinese investments and Chinese people on the streets (even in smaller towns) though. Since Yugoslavia time, China is much more their ally than Russia.
My impression is they're very reserved in believing that any country is really an ally to them. And some people are even behaving like the whole world only wants to hurt them.