Might this be an example of freedoms in China that challenges prior beliefs (in the West) about China? Whereas the West seems to be falling into authoritarianism, even to the point of banning Russians from participating in sports!

Also interesting that the Western media has gone silent about Seymour Hersh's claims about US being responsible for the attacks on Nordstream. Perhaps you could tell us what Chinese experts think about both (i) the Nordstream attack itself and who might be responsible, and (ii) how the Western media is covering this issue. Thanks!

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I think Russia has been more reactive and developed a siege mentality because of US aggression. Russias' attempt at 'westernising' and being rebuffed contributed to its' retreat into orthodoxy. Russia has always had to keep an eye on its' borders for invaders after seeking resources. I think there are valid points in this piece but giving Russia too much agency, the kind that made Russiagate seem feasible

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Fascinating POV.

I suspect that Putin would agree, but argue that the Church offered at least a fig leaf of legitimacy, conservative support, and photo ops.

I know that Russia is also involved in a more in-depth examination of its cultural values and aspirations, and we'll see the results first in the elite universities.

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