As someone who deeply cares about LGBTQ rights, I tend to have deep seated resentment towards the Russian government. It's obvious that they have not only mettled with the 2016 US Presidential Election, but have actively push their authoritarian "strong man" propaganda around the world to further far right causes.
They have no respect for the sovereignty of other countries, have used minorities as political scapegoats to gain political power, and tend to silence those whom speak out against them.
Part of me fears that this decade is going to end with Russia becoming a world power, doing all it can to suppress the voices and rights of LGBTQ folk, POC, Women and anyone else they would perceive as a threat to it's own dominion. The other half of me, however, realizes that I'm slowly becoming paranoid from my fear to the point where it's becoming an issue in my public life.
So what I want to ask you all is this:
- What are your views on Russia?
- Is Russia a real threat to progress in the world?
- Am I just paranoid about it all?
Edit: Sorry about the confusion everyone, I was meaning the Russia Government, not it's people. If you are a Russian who felt attacked, then I apologize for the rant and hope you have a good day.
Also, I am aware that the United States can be just as terrible. Although the Russian government terrifies me, that does not make other nations any less guilty.