I recently got acquainted with the work of Mark Adomanis via this rather popular Washington Post piece entitled “It’s not just about the Malaysian flight. Russians are living in an alternate reality.” From what I gather in the article, he hasn’t spent much time here, but he catches on very quickly. I’ve been reading a few of his other articles and each time I see the things I’ve been saying for years, telling me that there are people out there who really get it, even without spending nearly a decade in Russia. Here are a few articles that deserve your attention.
Here Mark uses a revolutionary concept known as “citing facts and reality,” to debunk pithy, bastardized quotes about Russia in the media. Quotes like “Russia is Nigeria with snow” are derived from the German chancellor Schmidt’s quote that the Soviet Union was “the Upper Volta with rockets.” The fact that this meme gets reworked and regurgitated shows how unoriginal and stuck in the Cold War many journalists are.
Here Mark simultaneously takes down Stephen Cohen’s Putin apologetic while giving the Ukrainian government criticism it justly deserves. Amazing!
This kid is gonna go far!