My case is rare, but my best friend is Russian. We met when she came to work here for the summer. I visited her in Russia this year, it was lovely and her family and friends were so kind. Sometimes we disagree on political ideas, but we don't let that ruin our friendship.
@greencub The relationship is complex. During the Cold War, the Soviet Union was hated by almost all Americans. Recently, Russian involvement in the Middle East has made many Americans very angry. But, ever since Putin and the Russian government started supporting Trump by attacking the Democratic Party, Republicans have begun to love Russia. Just two years ago, Republicans were saying it was time to start putting American ground troops in Syria and shooting down Russian jets. Now those very same Republicans are calling Putin a hero and inspiring leader.
But that's just the Russian government. There's never been any real hatred towards the Russian people. Even in the 1960s, the wildly popular TV show "Star Trek" had a Russian actor starring in a lead role, and he was very well liked. Some Russian movies also became popular here.
I'm not fond of their government, but I like Russian people. I think the language sounds nice and am learning to read it. I think Russia is extremely cold, but beautiful. I would love to visit, but don't know how Russians feel about black people
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