A new school textbook teaches Russian teenagers that the West has always been hostile to Russia; that Mikhail Gorbachev, the last president of the Soviet Union, was wrong to see Western partners as allies; and that NATO’s expansion into eastern Europe encouraged Western countries to meddle in Russian affairs. In Russia’s view, everything America does in the world is aimed against Russia and everything aimed against Russia is directed by America. Russia measures itself by its ability to stand up to America. (graphic: Leveda Center)
From the Economist: When Barack Obama goes to Moscow, he will find a sulky former superpower that no longer wants to be part of Western clubs . . .