Russophilia (literally love of Russia or Russians) is a common term for general admiration and fondness of Russia, Russian history and Russian culture, especially someone who is sympathetic to the political system and customs of the former Soviet Union. The opposite of Russophilia is Russophobia.
Russophilia in EuropeEdit
Russophilia in other European countries may be based on stereotypes produced by mass culture ("traditional Russian hospitality", "Russian tenderness" etc.), as well as on in-depth study of Russian mentality, as expressed, e.g., by American author Robert Alexander: "I love Russians for their dramatic, emotional nature. They're not afraid to love, not afraid to get hurt, not afraid to exaggerate or act impulsively."
In October 2004, the International Gallup Organization announced the results of its poll, according to which approximately 20% of the residents of Western Europe viewed Russia positively, with the most positive view coming from Iceland, Germany, Greece, and Britain. The percentage of respondents expressing a positive attitude towards Russia was 9% in Finland, Turkey, and Japan, 38% in Lithuania, 36% in Latvia, and 34% in Estonia. Estonia and especially Latvia have a large number of ethnic Russians, which likely affected the result.
Russophilia in Serbia and MontenegroEdit
Russophilia in SerbiaEdit
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Russia is hugely popular in Serbia, and Serbs have always traditionally seen Russia as a close ally due to shared Slavic culture and Orthodox faith. In Serbia and Montenegro, whose nations are both predominately Eastern Orthodox, the faith expressed by a vast majority of Russians, there was no Soviet influence and Russians were always seen as friendly brotherly people. About 83% of Serbs see Russia as their first ally on the international scene. In both Serbia and Montenegro, there are neighbourhoods, streets, buildings and statues named after something Russian. In Serbia there is the Russian Centre of Science and Culture and a Hotel Moskva.
Russian Orthodox Church in Tašmajdan park, Belgrade
Russophilia in MontenegroEdit
Russophilia in UkraineEdit
Following Ukrainian independence in 1991 Ukrainians, mostly in the east and south of the country, voted to a see a more Russophile attitude of the government, ranging from closer economic partnership to full national union. Since the 2014 Russian military intervention in Ukraine the overall attitude of Ukrainians towards Russia and Russians has become much more negative.
Russophilia (Moscophilia, Ukrainian: москвофільство, moskvofil’stvo) was a linguistic, literary and socio-political movement in the Western Ukrainian territories of Galicia, Transcarpathia, and Bukovyna in the 18th – 20th centuries. Proponents of this movement believed in linguistic, cultural, social union with Russian people and later in state union with Russia. Among the causes for the emergence of this phenomenon were the absence of Ukrainian statehood, centuries of foreign oppression, fragmented Ukrainian territories and dispersed population, as well as the defection of national elite to neighbouring cultures and a weak sense of national identity.
Russophile Movement in TranscarpathiaEdit
The first instances of Russophilia in Transcarpathia date back as far as late 18th early 19th centuries when several famous Russians with ties to the government and the court of the tsar settled there. Such famous scientists and social activists as I. Orlai, M. Baludiansky, P. Lodiy and others lived in Transcarpathia and maintained close ties with the country of their birth and thereby promoted interest towards Russia, especially towards its cultural life, its language and literature.
Russophile Movement in Galicia and BukovynaEdit
When Galicia and Bukovyna were incorporated into the Habsburg Empire in 1772 the Austrian government treated the Ukrainian population of these territories with suspicion as it was afraid it was susceptible to Russian influence due to the closeness of Ukrainian and Russian languages and cultures. This mistrust of the authorities was cultivated by influential Polish politicians and activists in an effort to forestall the growth of national consciousness on territories where Poles traditionally had influence. Any attempt at cultural revival was met with hostility from the Austrian government which regarded them as an influence from Moscow. In spite of this atmosphere of mistrust and suspicion the first educational establishment "The Fellowship of Priests" was founded in Przemyśl. Metropolitan M. Levytsky began to introduce the Ruthenian language in elementary schools, developed grammar books, insisted on instruction in University in Ruthenian and founded "Ruska Troyka" Society. The Lemko-Rusyn Republic, after World War I, attempted to join Lemko territories to Russia, and later to similar areas of the newly formed Czechoslovakia.
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- Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, Montenegrin Serb prince-bishop.
- Gérard Depardieu, French actor.
- Miodrag Božović, Montenegrin football coach.
- Duško Vujošević, Montenegrin basketball coach.
- Tim Key, comedian and poet.
- Zehava Gal-On, Israeli politician.
- Ayman Odeh, Israeli politician.
- Sukarno, 1st President of Indonesia.
- Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, 6th President of Indonesia.
- Viktor Orbán, Prime minister of Hungary
- Matteo Salvini, Deputy Prime Minister of Italy
- Gerhard Schröder, Chancellor of Germany
- Slobodan Milošević, 3rd President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
- Jim Carr, Canadian politician
- Dana Rohrabacher, American politician
- Sumire Uesaka, Japanese voice actress
- Steven Seagal, American actor
- Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela
- Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey
- Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit Party
- Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
- Marine Le Pen, French politician
- Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua
- Alex Jones, Conspiracy Theorist
Pro-Russian political partiesEdit
- Alliance of Patriots of Georgia
- Alliance of Independent Social Democrats
- Bulgarian Socialist Party
- Party of Socialists (Moldova)
- Prosperous Armenia
- Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine
- National Rally (France)
- Freedom Party of Austria
- Five Star Movement
- Lega Nord (Italy)
- CasaPound Italy
- Greek Solution
- Alternative for Germany
- Serbian Radical Party
- Serbian Progressive Party
- Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia
- Latvian Russian Union
- Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance
- Kotleba – People's Party Our Slovakia
- Communist Party of Slovakia
- Opposition Bloc (Ukraine)
- Opposition Bloc — Party for Peace and Development (Ukraine)
- Opposition Platform — For life (Ukraine)
- Party of Regions (Ukraine)
- Labour Party (Lithuania)
- Order and Justice
- Social Democratic Party "Harmony"
- United Guadeloupe, Solidary and Responsible
- Communist Party of China
- Social Democratic Party of Romania
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