Russophilia (literally love of Russia or Russians) is admiration and fondness of Russia (including the era of the Soviet Union and/or the Russian Empire), Russian history and Russian culture. The antonym and opposite of Russophilia is Russophobia.

Russophilia in EuropeEdit

American author Robert Alexander wrote: "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."[1]

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.[citation needed] Estonia and especially Latvia have a large number of ethnic Russians, which likely affected the result.

Russophilia in SerbiaEdit

Russia is hugely popular in Serbia, and Serbs have always traditionally seen Russia as a close ally due to shared Slavic heritage, culture, and Orthodox faith.[2] Serbia and Montenegro are predominately Eastern Orthodox, the faith expressed by a vast majority of Russians. There was little Soviet influence in the Balkans, so Russians were always seen as friendly brotherly people.[citation needed] According to European Council on Foreign Relations, 54% of Serbians see Russia as an ally. In comparison, 11% see European Union as an ally, and only 6% see United States in the same manner.[3] In both Serbia and Montenegro, there are neighbourhoods, streets, buildings and statues named after something Russian.[citation needed] In Serbia there is the Russian Centre of Science and Culture and a Hotel Moskva.

Russophilia in MontenegroEdit

Montenegro is also an Eastern Orthodox and Slavic country. There is the Moscow Bridge[4] in Podgorica, and a statue of Russian singer and actor Vladimir Vysotsky next to the bridge.

Russophilia in UkraineEdit

Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine

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.[5] Russia and Ukraine enjoyed especially close economic ties, while the Russophilic political party, the Party of Regions, became the largest party in the Verkhovna Rada in 2006. It would remain a dominant force in Ukrainian politics, until the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution. Following the 2014 Russian military intervention in Ukraine, the overall attitude of Ukrainians towards Russia and Russians has become much more negative,[6] with most Ukrainians favoring NATO[7] and European Union[8] membership.

41% of Ukrainians have a "good" attitude towards Russians (42% negatively),[9] while in general 54% of Russians have a positive attitude towards Ukraine, according to a recent survey of the country's population. As of 2021, there are such Russophile parties in Ukraine as the Opposition Platform — For Life, the Opposition Bloc, Our Land, Nashi and the Party of Shariy.

Notable RussophilesEdit

Pro-Russian political partiesEdit


See alsoEdit


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