Through Russia’s Cracked Looking Glass, Gorby Was an American Puppet
Amid the frenzy of nationalism stoked by Russia’s annexation of Crimea, many Russians are obsessing about the recent past, namely the circumstances surrounding the end of the Soviet empire. This collective exercise in naval gazing is fueling a wacky and warped meme: “Mikhail Gorbachev was an American agent.”
That some Russians are having a hard time coming to terms with the past was underscored on April 10, when the Russian press reported five MPs filed a brief with the Federal Prosecutor’s Office requesting a probe into the “events that took place around the collapse of the USSR.” The undeclared aim, it seems, is to determine whether Gorbachev made treasonous mistakes as he presided over the Soviet Union’s demise.
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