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Frankie Boyle on Russia
It's been a great trip to Russia. And what stood out for me is the warmth and the openness of the Russian people. But you can't judge a society by how people behave towards you. I mean American people are very, very friendly. Americans are friendly because they have all the stuff and because they're on medication and because they're worried that you may have a gun. But American society is pretty messed up, and Russian society is also pretty messed up.

Sometimes when I was interviewing pretty normal people, they'd stop in the middle of the interview and make it clear that they weren't criticizing Russia or they weren't criticizing the authorities. And that to me seems a sign of a pretty repressive authoritarian regime. Look, I know this [?] just an issue of the World Cup. A lot you have just tuned in to see the stadiums, right? But let's talk about *othering*. Othering is the idea that, often for political purposes, we create a group of people who are an out-group—who are the people who are totally different, totally alien to ourselves.

And I think it's a mistake to do that with Russia. Because the idea that Russia is uniquely corrupt, or is uniquely insular, or uniquely resistant to democracy—that's the same idea that Vladimir Putin uses to control the society. The things that we say to paint Russia as an official enemy are exactly the same things that Putin says to create a picture of a society under siege.

During the Cold War it suited both sides to call what was happening here socialism even though it didn't look like any definition of socialism that there had ever been. But it suited them both to say that it was. And now, I think, it suits both sides to pretend that Russia has completely different values to the rest of Europe. And to be honest I just don't think that that's true.

Anyway, it's been a fun trip, but to be honest I've been on the road for three weeks, I've got a stinking cold, and I'm really looking forward to watching the World Cup at home on my own sofa. Fuck this place.
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