But let me
leave you with a final thought. If we want to be one of the leading countries
(which is an absolute necessity to us) we should play by their rules: be harsh,
serious, well-developed, secretive, crafty and have our strong views to be taken
Olga Ignatyeva, Faculty of World Politics
Speaking about the problem of Russia’s image, it would be absurd not to pay
attention to the mentality, culture, ethics and moral values of Russian people.
Russia has always been a big and independent empire and this has been the basis
for all its economic and political trends in internal and foreign policy. Yes,
Russia is different from the rest of the world, but being and looking like
everyone else, doesn't always mean being right. Most European countries and
America think differently. We can observe the lack of understanding of a
distinguished role of Russian culture and science.
At the same time we do have many faults. To my mind the are: laziness and the
absence of any progressive government ideology.
Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that Russia's image in the West can be
improved by changing the structure of Russian economy, introducing a more
civilized nature to Russian business and consolidating democracy. These major
development guidelines were proclaimed when one of the participants of
industrialist’ conference held in the Kremlin pressed the necessity of forming
Russia's favorable image in the West.
"There should be a constant public relations campaign but it is not the most
important thing. What really matters is the updating of Russian economy,
business and democracy," said Putin. "Leopard cannot change his spots," later
joked the Russian president.
However in my opinion, major Russia’s objectives are: boosting cooperation over
trade and finance, promoting peace and democracy, however, it should be our own
(Russian-style) democracy, preventing and resolving conflicts, strengthening the
system of control over various government departments.
First thing we should do is to destroy the bad image of Russia which emerged
after the collapse of Communism and the Soviet Union! The heinous image of a
clumsy and slow-witted bear, that discredits this country and undermines
This can be attained by advertising and advocating Russian culture, establishing
creative links between Russia and western countries.
Finally no one should get away with violent attempts to ‘blacken’ the image of
Russia, to throw mud at Russian lifestyle.
Ivan Systsov, Faculty of World Politics
if a domestic policy of a country is unsuccessful, the neighboring countries
tend to invade and occupy the territories of this state. That's why it's very
important to have a reputation of a powerful nation.
whether we shall ever have a final answer to the question: “How to improve the
image of Russia?” And could it be that the most urgent problem is the so-called
‘brain drain’. The thing is that a lot of scientists and experts tend to wish to
work abroad because of better job opportunities and payments. At the same time
it is impossible to develop our country's industry without great experts and
keen professionals. Thus, to my mind the issues of appropriate salaries and good
career opportunities should be given top priority these days.
factor is that Russian legal system is still developing and honest and
transparent work relations are still non-existent. Under current conditions
people tend to work for their own profit only, and not for the benefit of
Russia. They become competitors. But it's common knowledge that the results of
team work depend on sharing the aims and responsibilities, and the whole thing
won’t work if the team is uncoordinated. That's why the development of Russian
legal system requires great accomplishment.
Russia the human factor is very important, especially in business. The relations
between partners can make or break business and other kinds of collaboration.
It's a national trait and one of Russia’s cultural differences. Not the best one
though! So, we have to learn to sacrifice the personal factor in favour of the
benefit of Russia.
about our military? Niccollo Machiavelli wrote: "a state should have its own
strong army, not hired troops". Why? Hired troops can take your enemy's side if
he pays more. Of course, a state has to have allies, especially in times of wars
or international conflicts. But as a catchphrase says: "God helps him who helps
thought is that in spite of all reforms one of the main things is the love for
Russia and respect for the whole Russian society.
Irene Sheverdina, Faculty
of World Politics
A dog is barking and a caravan is
(a popular wisdom)
Russia is a great country
with a great history and the greatest future.
Since the earliest
records and up to the middle of 18th century we didn’t seem to bother
-- how foreigners regarded us. I guess these may be the concerns of the new era,
the era of informational competition.
In tribal times if a
caveman did not like someone, he had the right to kick or punch the enemy or
even to kill him. And nobody could forbid anyone to do so as it seemed to be an
individual’s natural right.
What about modern life?
We understand that past methods aren’t in issue now. We have become more
civilized and the use of force against others is considered to be cruel, harsh
and unacceptable. New methods of fight or argument exist these days.
Let’s talk about the
recent events in our world. All of you remember the Gas Supplies Scandal
in Ukraine, the explosion of pipeline in Georgia and the car crash accident with
Russian peacemakers and Georgian military police, the Palestine’s delegation
“Hamas” which is thought to be a terrorist organization in other countries,
Iran’s nuclear problem, etc.
Why do most European
countries argue with Russia? Because they are afraid of us. Nothing else. Russia
is getting stronger and other nations surely don’t like this progress because we
may stand in their own way and confront their policies. And they don’t want to
lose the influence so carefully created in the course of many decades.
Now we are coming closer
to the main question: “How to improve the image of Russia as viewed from
abroad?” but I want to change the subject slightly: “Do we really need the
respect of others?" My answer is ‘NO’. Why do we have to listen and do what
We HAVE our own issues
and the aim to make our country greater then even before.
Krylov, Faculty of World Politics
Ladies and Gentlemen,
would like to speak on the topic which worries me a lot. A few days ago I read
objectionable line in the BBC news-site. It was part of the profile of Great 8.
Here is what they wrote: ”The G8 comprises seven of the world’s leading
industrialized nations, and Russia“. So my today’s topic is “What should
be done to improve the image of Russia”
like to suggest several ways to resolve this problem. At first I must admit that
Western countries don’t think much of us. Nevertheless it should be taken into
account that Russia and Russians are exceptionally good in some areas. For
example, Russia is one of the most cultured countries of the world and our
educational standards are still very high. A lot of ordinary people in this
country frequently visit theatres, read a lot, are cinema fans and are well-travelled.
Many families have got large book collections at home. We can’t say the same
about Americans. When they see a book in the house of their friend they think
that he is a very clever person.
Russians, are not as bad, wild or miserable as some foreign people imagine us.
However, there is a need to improve our image. I think we should start with OUR
OWN OPINION about our country, Many Russians claim that Russia is a bad country
and blame the government for its faults. That is not right! Yes, there are some
problems that we have to deal with in today’s world. They are: the war on
terror, unstable economy, the war in Chechnya, national hatred, the issues of
legal system, etc. But to resolve all these problems we have to work a lot and
as a result of such action we will become a more stable country. However we
should assume initially that our country “is the best” and thus we can improve
the image of Russia!
conclusion, I want to say that in my opinion the future of Russia belongs to my
generation. May be we can improve the image of this country by creating new
ideas, establishing new, more democratic order. We should work for the benefit
of Russia, and things will straighten out!
Liza Babicheva, Faculty of World Politics
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