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Racism[edit]

"Russophobia" is racism, but somehow it is not viewed this way in society, neither it is reflected in the article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 178.71.148.156 (talk) 06:12, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

It is fashionable to label any negative generalization about a given ethnic group as racism. This trivializes the term racism. Russians are white and mostly Christian, so they are not subject to the level of prejudice which people with dark skin and Muslims have to deal with in Western societies. – Herzen (talk) 10:29, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
@Herzen - you are artificially limiting racism only to the actions against non-white and non-Christians, which is definitely not logical. There is discrimination of Christians, say, in some countries; there are recognized cases of racism against whites. In this specific case we are talking about non-tolerant attitude towards an ethnicity/nationality (depends on how to threat the word 'Russians'), which is pretty much a form of racism (at least Wikipedia says so).--Klomb (talk) 16:02, 3 February 2015 (UTC)

Mixed bag of cherry-picked statements and very general findings (a.k.a. "fluff")[edit]

Two things surprise me at the first sight: overly wide spectrum of this article and its general single POV

  1. Despite of the name the article rarely discusses russophobia but mostly documents a founded antirussian sentiment (it is hard to be surprised that the people fear of or dislike the country, governments and supporting them people who perform ethnical cleanses and deny them or violate borders without actually declaring the war - even now, in 2014). In result, the article is full of a fluff which may be used to proclaim a "russophobia" around the world, which is not.
  2. The article bases generally on cherry-picked statements and POVs (e.g. of sides which may found it useful to proclaim others "russophobic"). Starting a section with Russian officials claim is not very fortunate, as Russian officials claim many things, like that the Russian soldiers invading Crimea at the moment are "local self-defense forces" - and they have a huge backlog of such blatant lies.

I know it is extremely hard to not write this article in sucha a way. My kudos for everyone who worked to police this article - this is pretty obvious it has been a hard work and a lot of things with obtaining sources etc. have been done. However, wouldn't it be more fair to actually name this article as Anti Russian sentiment or even make an article attitude towards Russian state, attitude towards Russian culture, attitude towards Russian people etc. etc.?

Then maybe one could present in a better way a mixed bag of opinions, without branding them as phobias or, on the other hand, being a useful idiot. Otherwise, maybe it should be split and here only actual phobic examples should be presented.

Just my 2 cents, aegis maelstrom δ 10:21, 10 March 2014 (UTC)

aegis maelstrom: I do see your point; the only problem is, how are editors to make a firm distinction between a genuine phobia, and legitimate or at least understandable (and generally more temporary) hatred caused by immediate events. It's rather like Islamophobia: while I think most editors would agree both phobias exists, in both cases I don't see a general consensus regarding how widespread that phobia is and how it might be defined. Both phobias, I'm afraid, are subject to a) political manipulation/promotion; b) subjective POV. So it's probably better - as in the Armenian subsection of this article (as it stands at present) - to make clear where Russophobia generally doesn't exist, and why there might be anti-Russian feeling at certain times. This, perhaps, helps to clarify/gives perspective on other sections of this article. Alfietucker (talk) 21:00, 27 March 2014 (UTC)
I agree with aegis maelstrom . This article is even a redirect from "Anti-Russian Sentiment" and this is in fact the only article in the Template:Anti-cultural_sentiment with -phobia in its title, making it sound like it is considered OK to have anti-X sentiment except for Russia, which is an irrational phobia. This is even more bizarre considering how there are several countries that have very real and clear reasons for despising the Russian government, including the entire list of countries mentionned in Chapter 2.1 Former Soviet Union and chapter 2.2 Former Eastern Bloc. Consider how that distinction is already for Jewish people, i.e. Antisemitism (irrational hatred) and Anti-Zionism (political opposition). So to be consistent, either this article needs to be renamed "Anti-Russian sentiment", or two separate articles Russophobia and Anti-Russian sentiment need to be written. Willa wonky (talk) 15:29, 24 September 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, Willa wonky. The main problem with this article, Alfietucker, is that this is simply a Russian propaganda article. This article notoriously fails to provide neutral and scientific sources claiming we are dealing with a phobia. Some sections, like Russophobia in Poland, are lists of some Russian individuals (why them?) claiming, there is a such a thing like a Russophobia in Poland. I am sorry but these are not credible sources. The other quote is about anti-russian feelings - which are clearly something very different than phobias.
I find it hard to find proofs of notability and verifiability of this "phenomenon".
Using these low standards, we can populate Wikipedia with thousands of articles called NewYorkCityPhobia (people accused of having negative feelings towards New York City), Volleyballphobia (the ones not liking a glorious game of volleyball), Bieberphobia (the ones daring to not love Mr. Bieber), Androidphobia (people complaining on Android phones and system in general) etc. etc.
As far as I know, neither ICD-10 nor DSM-IV (DSM-V?) holds such an item as russophobia - therefore, even the notability should be proven. Even if this is done, the article (if it is to remain as a Russophobia) should be cleared from unproven claims of phobia. In its present state, I don't see staying much, TBH.
On the other hand, Stalinist "psychiatry" has a long tradition of depicting the political opposition as "mentally ill". This obvious resembliance tells that phobia stunt is just an old trick in a propaganda book and this article is a political spin, propaganda item. Personally I do not like a situation when some officials are using Wikipedia to insert their agenda into the mainstream.
Therefore, if you like keeping an anti-Russian sentiment, like anti-American sentiment, anti-EU sentiment or anti-NYC sentiment - I am fine with that. Otherwise, I call it a biased article with a purpose.
Kind Regards, aegis maelstrom δ 12:57, 26 September 2014 (UTC)
Well if you consult the dictionary, the term "Russophobia" exists to describe strong negative feelings towards Russia (possibly irrational, but not necessarily so) As for anti-R sentiments, below I suggested to create an article, under a neutral title Public opinions about Russia. Please also keep in mind that while some negative attitudes against Russia may be objectivized, the negative attitudes against Russian people or culture are either clean cut Racism or overgeneralization based on bad personal experience (with Russian mafia, girlfriend, hotel attendant, etc.) Therefore the two must be clearly separated. -No.Altenmann >t 16:06, 27 September 2014 (UTC)
The concerns you raise about feelings being rational or irrational could just as well apply to all other articles in this category, and I cannot find any legitimate reason why this article should be treated any differently. So I completely disagree with making an article titled "Public opinions about Russia", the whole point is that this article is inconsistent with other articles on the same topic. We don't need to create further inconsistency just because it's Russia. I propose to rename this article to "Anti-Russian sentiment" and if anyone wants they can write an article about "Russophobia". Willa wonky (talk) 12:18, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

Ok, so unless there are any remaining legitimate objections, this article will be renamed Anti-Russian sentiment Willa wonky (talk) 11:27, 16 October 2014 (UTC)

Russophobia by country section[edit]

How does a poll talking about whether a country has a positive or negative influence in the world count as Russophobia? And does it deserve a full chart denoting all the responses from all countries? The topics are related, sure, and the poll can be mentioned in a paragraph or so.Kingsindian (talk) 16:32, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

Who says that the poll "counts as Russophobia"? Also: re: "from all countries": last time I looke at the map, there was way more countries than the table shows. Table is good. Simply mentioning the poll is useless. -No.Altenmann >t 19:09, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

Poll tables[edit]

After some thought, I removed polls for a simple reason: they lump together both rational and stereotypical opinions about Russia; indeed, in last two centuries Russia gave plenty of valid reasons to have negative opinion about it. Indeed, how do you imagine a poll: "Please select one of 4 bullets: (a) You are Russophobic (b) Russia hurt you and you hate it (c) A Russian hurt you but you still love this bitch (d) That's a cool ipad you are using in the poll!" Jokes aside, these tables say nothing about prevalence of Russopobia, and hence irrelevant. -No.Altenmann >t 15:15, 27 September 2014 (UTC)

On the other hands, it would be a reasonably encyclopedic article, Public opinion about Russia, and a neutral title, too. Whoever created these tables, please make a new page. And link it here, e.g., in "see also" section. (I could have done it myself, but I don't want to snatch your glory of priority. :-) -No.Altenmann >t 15:19, 27 September 2014 (UTC)

We have been using gallop poll for longer period. Having negative opinion can be concerning with the anti-russian or russophobic sentiment. Later paragraphs(about countries and its population) had enough content that anyone could consider this poll to be legit. Yes there is deep anti-russian sentiment in those countries, wouldn't need to question that how they couldn't. You had any thoughts about replacing poll with other content? Bladesmulti (talk) 16:39, 27 September 2014 (UTC)
I have an impression that you did not understand what I wrote why these polls are not for this article. I don't see how you disprove my argument. I also suggested where to put the polls into wikipedia. -No.Altenmann >t 01:38, 28 September 2014 (UTC)
How? Already wrote, that because they provide an idea about the sentiments, they have been used for a longer period. These polls are more common when we are writing about the specific countries and their relations e.g. "France-Russia relations", in those articles, polls like this would be necessary. You may wonder why I haven't reverted your edits, its because of your argument above. Bladesmulti (talk) 03:03, 28 September 2014 (UTC)
It seems you have no idea how wikipedia works. Here is a simple question for you: per wikipedia rules, please provide references to reliable sources which state that these polls homehow characterize Russophobia or how they can distinguish irrational anti-Russian sentiment (the topic of the current article) from the rational one (i.e., the one that may be rationally explained by politics of Russia). -No.Altenmann >t 03:42, 28 September 2014 (UTC)
Also, you have trouble with logic. Yes, they characterize Fr-Ru relations. Yes, I suggested they may be included in the special summary article Public opinion about Russia. But this has nothing to do with the question whether they are relevant to the discussed article. And this relevance does not depend on a wikipedian's opinion. You have to provide reliable sources which establish this relevance. Otherwise it is called "original research", disallowed in wikipedia. -No.Altenmann >t 03:47, 28 September 2014 (UTC)
It seems like you are having some serious issues with the understanding of basic policies and language. I am doubtful if you know about the longevity of the sourced material. Without verifying the sources and making up weird opinions cannot be helpful. It seems to be impossible if you are going to look around, but whenever you will do, you would better know that the "BBC Service poll" has been extensively used by the reliable sources and academics for describing the prevalence of Russophobia.[1], [2], [3] If you try different terms like "against Russia", "anti-russian", you can find many resources using this poll. Thus your suggestion about creating an article like "Public opinion about Russia" is just nonsensical. Bladesmulti (talk) 07:01, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for bringing real references into the discussion. Now we may talk wikipedians talk. One problem with these sources: they are passionate pro-Russian propaganda pieces. Just one example: in one of them, one of features of Russophobia is claimed to be "The image of Russia’s ruthless pursuit of expansionist and imperialist agendas is commonplace." Russophobia? Oh, really? Especially in view of recent events? But never mind. Yes the pieces are called "Russophobia". The please pay attention how the poll data are used:

"Various polls demonstrate that Americans do not agree with the assessment that Russia is a threat to the United States' values and interests. A recent BBC World Service poll revealed, for example, that 45 percent of Americans have a mainly positive attitude regarding Russia's influence in the world, compared with 36 percent who have a mainly negative attitude."
"assessment that Russia is a threat" is not Russophobia. It is ..er.. assessment for national security purpose. Or it is an assessment to beef up military business. In the latter case it is indeed called "russophobia card". On the former case it is not. Back to my major point again: the quote does not discuss how much of these 36% are Russophobia. -No.Altenmann >t 17:14, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

And finally, you seem to peristently ignore my major comment (also voiced in the talk page before by others) that "Russophobia" and "anti-Russian" are not the same. And how on Earth my suggestion of the article with a neutral title is nonsensical? -No.Altenmann >t 18:23, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following is a closed discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. Editors desiring to contest the closing decision should consider a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: consensus to move the page, per the discussion below. In addition, since this has gone back and forth at least five times (some with discussion, some without), move protecting the page; if a further move is warranted or desired, please initiate a new discussion before moving the page. Dekimasuよ! 17:46, 31 October 2014 (UTC)


RussophobiaAnti-Russian sentiment – this article is inconsistent with other articles on the same topic, e.g. Anti-French sentiment in the United States, anti-Mexican sentiment, etc. We need to rename this article to "Anti-Russian sentiment", because its content is not necessarily about an irrational phobia, and calling it such is not politically balanced and we need the proposed more neutral term. This article has been renamed back and forth over several years, this needs to stop, and the topic has already been discussed at length on this page. Willa wonky (talk) 13:34, 23 October 2014 (UTC)

re "politically balanced" -- the subject of Russophobia or even "anti-R" is not politically balanced at all. -No.Altenmann >t 04:42, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
calling all opposition "-phobia" is politicising the issue by suggesting that it is irrational, whereas "anti-X sentiment" does not make any kind of implication. People are not going to like all kinds of things, that doesn't mean it's a phobia. I have not seen any legitimate argument on this page in favour of treating opposition to Russia as a phobia but accepting "anti-X sentiment" for other countries.Willa wonky (talk) 13:13, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Support - More comfortable. Bladesmulti (talk) 14:54, 23 October 2014 (UTC)
    • "comfortable" - what is this supposed to mean in context of wikipedia? -No.Altenmann >t 04:42, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
Easier for other users to understand, there are more citations about anti-russian sentiment than russophobia. Bladesmulti (talk) 06:40, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
much as you don't like "bludgeoning", but how else can I make you to prove your statements? google search does not say what you say.-No.Altenmann >t 08:07, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Support - Willa wonky (talk) 15:31, 23 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Support - aegis maelstrom δ 18:11, 23 October 2014 (UTC) ICD-10 and DSM-V are mum about russophobia; moreover, as it is an article about negative attitudes towards Russia (regardless if grounded), it cannot be called a phobia. If anything, russophobia can be an article about some propaganda/political term if good sources are found.
    • Regardless or not are different topics. and DSM-V is irrelevant. There is no Islamophobia in DSM-V either and the article subject is not about medical condition. -No.Altenmann >t 04:42, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
      • Actually, your example of the article on Islamophobia is perfect; that article has a lengthy criticism section, including a reference to the Associated Press Stylebook where " The terms no longer appears on the online stylebook, and Minthorn believes journalists should employ more precise phrases to avoid 'ascribing a mental disability to someone'.". Which is precisely the problem with the present article. Furthermore, that article is specifically about hatred or fear of muslims, while that isn't the scope of the article on "Russophobia" as it includes any and all kinds of opposition to Russia, legitimate or otherwise.
Nobody is stopping you from writing an article titled "Russophobia" and nobody is denying its existence, what is being said is that this article is not about a phobia, you can't list all opposition under the heading "-phobia" so the title is not correct.Willa wonky (talk) 13:13, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose. The title proposal creates ambiguity - is it about a sentiment against Russia or the Russian people? It's better to leave it as it is, because this Latin-based expression is both common and clear in its meaning when compared to the alternative. Overall, this RM feels like a case of WP:OTHERSTUFFEXISTS, just because it's in line with other titles doesn't mean it's good. - Anonimski (talk) 10:56, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
    • WP:OTHERSTUFFEXISTS applies to whether or not an article should exist. "In Wikipedia discussions, editors point to similarities across the project as reasons to keep, delete, or create a particular type of content, article or policy" Nobody is advocating any such action. The article title is inconsistent and does not represent a neutral point of view, both of which are requirements under Wikipedia:Article titles
Furthermore, while "-phobia" does indeed exist(it's Greek, not Latin), it is not used in the context of general opposition, which is what this article has as actual contents. Phobia: "an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation" Willa wonky (talk) 13:13, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
I know that - although a parallel can be drawn to this case as well. Also, -phobia can be used in other cases than literal phobias, especially in cases like this where it's used for a commonly established term that people are familiar with. Anonimski (talk) 09:46, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Support, more results in books and Scholar and about equal in news, or something like that, lots more anyway in total. Gregkaye 12:59, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
    • More results of what? -No.Altenmann >t 04:42, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
Wikipedia:Don't bludgeon the process. It is clear what Gregkaye is talking about. Bladesmulti (talk) 04:46, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
no it is not clear what hes talking about. he makes a statement of fact, not just an opinion. i cannot verify his statement. -No.Altenmann >t 06:14, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Support and support similar moves, too. Red Slash 22:34, 26 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose. The suggested renaming changes article scope. Irrational, stereotypic dislike of Russians is a topic separate from dislike and suspicion of Russia as a state. -No.Altenmann >t 04:34, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
    • Support Changed opinion after reviewing the last version of article. Indeed, it seems at this moment it is much easier to rename the current article and write a new "Russophobia" page from scratch, although earlier in the talk I suggested an opposite way of splitting. However in the current page rational and irrational dislikes are hopelessly mixed, so it is technically easier to rename. -No.Altenmann >t 15:16, 28 October 2014 (UTC).
    • Your argument would work if "irrational, stereotypic dislike of Russians", which is more in line with the concept of russophobia, were consistent with the content of this article. It is instead used as a term for the overall opposition to any kind of Russian thing. That is not a phobia.Willa wonky (talk) 13:13, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
Why do you care so much about this? You have made all of 18 edits, and half of them are about this article renaming proposal of yours. Why the sudden shift in interest from ice hockey to what title English Wikipedia should use for the article about anti-Russian sentiment/Russophobia? – Herzen (talk) 11:34, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
In the future, please ensure your comments are in compliance with Wikipedia:Civility. Questioning someone's motives is a personal attack. If you can't make your case without resorting to such arguments, it wasn't worth bothering to write it.Willa wonky (talk) 14:26, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Support - Gavleson (talk) 06:59, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose "Russophobia" is the universally accepted term in Russia for anti-Russian sentiment. The simple fact that most Russians think that there is a phenomenon the proper name for which is "Russophobia" makes it necessary for English Wikipedia to have an article on Russophobia. I see that there is an article on Antisemitism. Renaming this article to "Anti-Russian sentiment" would make as much sense as renaming the Antisemitism article to "Anti-Jewish sentiment". Also, the Wikipedias of 24 other languages have an article named "Russophobia", so that English Wikipedia dropping the term would isolate it in its own Anglocentric bubble. That alone makes this move proposal a complete non-starter. To summarize: the concept of Russophobia is a central component of Russian culture. In short: for Russian Wikipedia not to do this concept justice would involve Wikipedia not performing its encyclopedic function when it comes to Russia. – Herzen (talk) 10:52, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
There is no phobia like Russophobia. Bladesmulti (talk) 11:05, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
Do you think that the term "homophobia" shouldn't be used either, because you find that there is no phobia like homophobia? – Herzen (talk) 11:14, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
It is a well established term, unlike Russophobia, and at least Anti-Russian sentiment is more common. Bladesmulti (talk) 11:18, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
If the Wikipedias of 24 different languages have articles with the title of "Russophobia", I think it's safe to say that Russophobia is "a well established term". And for your information, in English, the word "Russophobia" is capitalized. – Herzen (talk) 11:40, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
It is not even a matter. Neither 24 different languages have to do anything with the common standard(see Wikipedia:Article titles), and how we have named other relevant articles. Bladesmulti (talk) 11:54, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
Your arguments are flawed.
  • It is not relevant to the english-language wikipedia what is considered the accepted term in Russia or any other non-english-speaking country other than as a sidenote.
  • Your example of antisemitism is actually perfect. There is already a distinction between antisemitism and antizionism, precisely because a distinction is needed between racist attitudes against Jews and political opposition to the existence of a Jewish country.
  • the term antisemitism does not include "-phobia" in the title either, which is precisely the whole point of this requested move.
  • I've reviewed the articles on russophobia in 3 other languages which I speak (French, German, Spanish) and they are mostly sticking to russophobia. Also, the German one is going through the same arguments on the talk page specifically along the same lines as this English-language article.
It's worth emphasizing that nobody is arguing against the existence of an article titled russophobia, you can go ahead and write one if you want to, we are arguing that this article's content has nothing to do with a phobia and is mostly about political opposition to Russia -- actually not unlike antizionism -- and that as such the title is neither neutral to the topic nor does it reflect the content nor is it consistent with articles about other nations.
Please provide a relevant and valid argument for why anti-russian sentiment should be treated any differently than anti-X sentiment for any other country in Template:Anti-cultural_sentiment because such a thing has yet to be written here. Willa wonky (talk) 14:26, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose – No reason given for moving away from the established word, which is more WP:CONCISE and clear. RGloucester 20:02, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Rename or rewrite this page. Term "russophobia" denotes dark racist feelings towards people of certain ethnicity, something along the lines of antisemitism. This is a legitimate subject. However, this page describes something very different. Typically, it tells something like this: "Russophobia in Armenia has historically been very low. According to a July 2007 poll, only 2% of Armenians see Russia as a threat, as opposed to 88% who view Russia as Armenia's partner." or "According to a 2012 poll, 35% of Georgians perceive Russia as Georgia's biggest enemy". Well, this is not "Russophobia", because these peoples can reasonably see Russian state as their friend or their foe, based on the previous history of wars or whatever. That does not mean ethnic hatred, but only ethnic hatred can be reasonably viewed as "Russophobia". This is getting ridiculous because even sciences are now declared a subject of "Russophobia" [4]. What is this? An inferiority complex? My very best wishes (talk) 19:26, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
I just removed Russian science as an object of Russophobia. Don't know why that was put in there. You linked to my edit, which undid two edits, on of which was yours. I explained why I undid your edit: "Russophobes dislike Russian policy, not politics". What don't you understand about that explanation? – Herzen (talk) 20:04, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
You appear not to be a native speaker of English, which may explain why you do not understand how the word "Russophobia" is used in the English language. Let me give you some examples.
Putin's Complaint
Russia and the Russians are routinely demonized in Washington: they are the one people it is perfectly okay to hate – unless, that is, you are a member of "Pussy Riot," or a has-been chess champion who’s taken up Russophobia as a second career. That is, unless you’re a traitor to your own country and allow yourself to be used as an instrument in Washington’s hands.
The west's new Russophobia is hypocritical - and wrong
With two weeks to go before Vladimir Putin hosts the G8's first summit in Russia, criticisms are pouring in from western thinktanks and politicians. Some are legitimate, but many are wildly prejudiced. Russophobia is back. In the latter category was a speech by the US vice-president, Dick Cheney, in Lithuania. His denunciation of Russia's lack of democracy was the harshest US attack since the fall of communism, though it turned out to be a lesson in double standards. Cheney went on to Kazakhstan and praised its president, whose elections are more flawed than Putin's. …
Russia's independence in foreign policy is a new factor - and may be the real reason Washington is uncomfortable with Putin.
Washington’s Iron Curtain in Ukraine
Russia is no threat. But to vociferous Russophobes in the Baltic States, Western Ukraine and Poland, the very existence of Russia is a threat. Encouraged by the United States and NATO, this endemic hostility is the political basis for the new “iron curtain” meant to achieve the aim spelled out in 1997 by Zbigniew Brzezinski in The Grand Chessboard: keeping the Eurasian continent divided in order to perpetuate U.S. world hegemony.
All three writers describe Russophobia being directed not at Russian ethnicity, but at Russia acting like a sovereign country, acting in its own interests, as opposed to submitting to the will of the United States. I have chosen as examples of usage one libertarian, one liberal, and one left-wing commentator. Thus, across the political spectrum, native English speakers use the word "Russophobia" in this political sense.
As for the original proposal which started this thread, it is based solely on original research and ignores how the word "Russophobia" is actually used by native language speakers. – Herzen (talk) 05:58, 30 October 2014 (UTC)
Some more examples.
Washington Post: Yes, Americans hate on Russia too much.
"There's a fine line between fair criticism and schadenfreude, and the Western press has been largely well on the side of the latter," the New Republic's Julia Ioffe, who is not soft on Putin's Russia, wrote. "I'd also argue that there's something chauvinistic, even Russophobic in it."
Guardian: Battling Russophobia
A Russophobia virus has infected the air. What is it? It is when an English literature teacher in a good school, explaining how to answer an exam question on comedy, tells your daughter: "Don't worry, simply write – I am Russian, I do not have a sense of humour." Or the ease with which jokes like "You are Russian, you must know all about corruption," are made. A BBC documentary presenter asks his Russian interpreter in the Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad: "Do you feel Russian or European?" What does he expect the woman to say?
Bram Stoker and Russophobia: Evidence of the British Fear of Russia in Dracula and The Lady of the Shroud
I contend that in Dracula the Eastern menace facing England should be read as Russia, England's greatest imperial rival of the nineteenth century, and her hereditary allies among the Slavic people of the Balkans. In the groundbreaking 1950 study The Genesis of Russophobia in Great Britain, John Howes Gleason has argued that early on in the nineteenth century the English public developed "an antipathy toward Russia which soon became the most pronounced and enduring element of the national outlook on the world abroad". Spurred on by imperial rivalry in the Near East and Central Asia, Russophobia, Gleason contends, was a defining feature of English foreign policy and military planning, eventuating in the ill-fated Crimean War of 1854–1856. Russophobia would continue to influence the English worldview well into the twentieth century.
I would say that last quote from a scholarly work clinches it: the English became Russophobes not because they don't like Russians because of their ethnicity, but because Russia was England's main geopolitical rival. What these six eamples taken together show is that "reliable English-language sources refer to the article's subject" (to quote WP:NC) – which is largely the perception of Russia as a threat – using the term Russophobia. – Herzen (talk) 07:59, 30 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Support Let's stick to something that is wider in its range and less uncomfortable. Noteswork (talk) 06:10, 30 October 2014 (UTC)
Did you read what the yellow box above says? It says: "Please base arguments on article title policy". "Let's stick to something … less uncomfortable" is just a way of saying I don't like it. None of the people here "voting" support (but this isn't a simple vote; people are supposed to provide arguments) appear to have read article title policy. – Herzen (talk) 07:06, 30 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Support - as one is 'supposed to provide arguments', - one of your sources above is an op-ed , which begins 'what is the russophobia virus '? - sounds like complete rubbish - and then follows an anecdote about how a teacher told her children Russians had no sense of humour - sounds a bit trivial really - how should material like that sit with say HUngarian 'russophobia' after 1956? - anti-Russian sentiment seems better to me anyhow- 'Russophobia' sounds like a neologism, would the Polish people of the warsaw Urpising, betrayed by the Stalinists looking on indifferent at their struggle, have said they felt 'russophobic'? - I don't know, but I doubt it - anti-Russian sentiment covers all eras kind of thing better imo - that's my arguments , such as they are, such as I can think of off-hand - another source you use above herzen is jonathan steele, he is a pro-Assad regime, pro-Putinist , no? maybe the Putin lovers use this word a lot but I don't hear it on the news tbh. - its a western putin-lovers usage maybe - not mainstream usage Sayerslle (talk) 10:52, 30 October 2014 (UTC)
Apparently you don't understand Wikipedia's reliable sources policy. The Guardian is a reliable third-party source. Thus, that the Guardian saw fit to publish an op-ed with the title "Battling Russophobia" the first sentence of which is "A Russophobia virus has infected the air" is very strong evidence that the word and concept "Russophobia" are utterly mainstream and in common use in the Anglosphere, so that English Wikipedia absolutely must have an article about Russophobia. Your using the term "Putin lovers" twice suggests that the proposal to rename this article has nothing to do with building an encyclopedia. – Herzen (talk) 19:26, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

@herzen - 'that is what the USG has unleashed on the Ukraine' - what are you here for? - your white Russian crusade - your endless pov pushing - you said pussy riot aren't proper Russians or soemthing daft , no?- so are you pseudo-Russo phobic? - anyone expressing hatred of people they consider not proper russian ? White Russians prefer these Donetsk rebels to pussy riot do they? - and you consider yourself a leftist? - wow - Sayerslle (talk) 21:40, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

  • Note One observation that could be relevant: A lot of languages seem to have word constructs with -phobia that are equivalent to the English term Russophobia in their structure. A move may violate the general task to keep a worldwide view on subjects that are represented on Wikipedia, even if this RM attracts a majority that wants to perform the move anyway... - Anonimski (talk) 21:05, 30 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Note This is the second time Anonimski has cast a vote or comment in this move. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Vanatan14 (talkcontribs) 23:03, 30 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Yes? That's why I wrote Note instead of Oppose... - Anonimski (talk) 23:34, 30 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Support per nom, nothing to add. --Երևանցի talk 02:04, 31 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Support Both names are used, but anti-Russian sentiment is a more formal and thus encyclopedic name and definitely fits with the contents of this article better (such as how citizens of country X perceive Russia). --Pudeo' 03:33, 31 October 2014 (UTC)

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Get out of the Russian orbit ?[edit]

The article contains the phrase 'get out of the Russian orbit', which I find hard to understand.

Does it appear in the cited sources ? If so, might it be poorly translated ?

I would suggest to improve this for example by replacing it with something like 'get out of Russia's sphere of influence', i.e. using a well-known phrase that has some similarity to 'the Russian orbit'. Lklundin (talk) 22:22, 2 November 2014 (UTC)

Polls on Anti-Russian sentiment[edit]

Some days ago, article used to have BBC and Gallup poll about the likeness and dislikeness among Russians, but those polls were removed by Altenmann. Shall we consider bringing them back? There are numerous citations who have used the term Anti-Russian sentiment as well as Russophobia and referred to the polls. Bladesmulti (talk) 13:55, 4 November 2014 (UTC)

Yes, such polls are present in other similar articles: Anti-German sentiment, Anti-Iranian sentiment, Anti-Americanism, etc. --Երևանցի talk 19:39, 5 November 2014 (UTC)
They are just everywhere, only Altenmann has problem with them. I will bring them back to the article if there's no opposition for another few hours. Bladesmulti (talk) 01:35, 6 November 2014 (UTC)
i explained why i removed them. your argument about 'everywhere' does not refute my reasoning. however since the article renamed, ie changed its subject, now i have no objection: they will be on topic now. -M.Altenmann >t 15:16, 6 November 2014 (UTC)
PS. by wikipedia guidelines the "another few hours" must be at least 24. your colleagues live around the globe, in different time zones, and most of them have real life as well. -M.Altenmann >t 15:19, 6 November 2014 (UTC)
Of course. Bladesmulti (talk) 15:50, 6 November 2014 (UTC)

Rise of Russophobia in Poland[edit]

Two good sources about increasing Russophobia in Poland[5][6] --MyMoloboaccount (talk) 00:07, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

The first one is basically pro-putin text. Russophobia is covered only a little; and mostly declaratively, not analytically, of which 78% preacing that russophobia is bad for your health. -M.Altenmann >t 13:42, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
The second one is a kind of conspiracy theory about the rise of russophobia in poland, alleging that nothing in current direct polish-russian relations may be a legitimate reason for this rise, so there must be some political plots fomenting hatred towards russia. It also spends quite some time telling that russophobic view on ukrainian events makes poles forget about ukrainian atrocities in poland by UPA, which is now glorified in the ukraine. -M.Altenmann >t 14:52, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
From the net: "W sumie tekst Bielenia jest dla mnie klasycznym przykładem stanu umysłowości PRL-owskiego inteligenta. Furę książek przeczytał, wielu języków się wyuczył, a i tak nic nie rozumie. A szkoda." Xx236 (talk) 13:27, 14 April 2015 (UTC)
The two sources are with mathematical certainty bogus. The proof is that there is already anti-Russian sentiment among 100% of the Polish population. And for good reason. Lklundin (talk) 13:33, 14 April 2015 (UTC)
The proof is that there is already anti-Russian sentiment among 100% of the Polish populationI am Polish and I am pretty Russia friendly.There are many others like me.So that 100% is pretty far fetched.In general I would estimate the pro-Russian segment of the population at 15-20%.And the majority of Poles do not want war or become a cannon fodder in war for foreign interests, even if they don't like Russian policies.Out of experience, the loudest anti-Russian "Poles" on internet, are usually Americans with some distant Polish heritage, which I believe serves to reinforce their identity(besides eating pierogi).Similar thing ironically is observable with "German" nationalists who usually turn out to be Americans as well.But that is just a personal observation.Poll results regarding Russian relations with Poland are available btw, if needed I can dig them up, they shown constant sympathy for Russia among circa 15-20% population.--MyMoloboaccount (talk) 13:07, 18 April 2015 (UTC)
re: "15-20%" - in the article already. -M.Altenmann >t 20:57, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
Russia threatens to use tactical nuclear weapons against Poland. I understand that the Putinists live in the USA, so they will survive. Xx236 (talk) 05:55, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

Negative views of Russia - but not necessarily Russians[edit]

This article provides sources for unfavourable opinions in many countries of Russia and its government [7]. This article also gives the impression that there are negative views of Russian people and culture in many countries but provides very few sources for this. On the countrary, in a survey, a mediocre number of russian immigrants in EU countries indicate that they had experienced at least one racially motivated crime [8]. Until sources saying something else are provided, can we avoid statements about negative views of russian people and culture, for example in the section about Finland? I make an attempt to remove it again. Mange01 (talk) 10:46, 6 January 2015 (UTC)

your own source provide proof--Crossswords (talk) 15:43, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

http://fra.europa.eu/sites/default/files/fra_images/hatecrime_pr_graph.jpg

The Vanishing of the Russophiles[edit]

The problem exists, however quoted sources are Bulgarian only.Xx236 (talk) 13:13, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

misrepresentation of sources[edit]

Re this edit summary. I'm sorry but there's nothing in the sources about "Russian policy". In fact the source given just defines the word ... "phobia". Not "Anti-Russian sentiment", not even "Russophobia" but just "phobia". Definitely nothing about "Russian policy" (which frankly, it's absurd to call that "anti-Russian sentiment").

Please stop misrepresenting sources. Please stop edit warring. Please stop engaging in disruptive edits.Volunteer Marek (talk) 15:49, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

The other sources there are specific to ... Bulgaria. Not sure what the relevance is.Volunteer Marek (talk) 15:49, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

Fair enough. Part of the removed text is "While these political feelings were previously expressed mainly in the West during the Cold War while the Eastern Bloc did not allow free public discussion of them, in the present day they are highly observed in Ukraine, Georgia and also members or candidate members of EU or NATO that wish to leave the Russian sphere of influence." I think this makes enough sense that it should stay, with a 'citation needed' template until a source can be found. Alternatively, it can naturally be readded with an actual source. Lklundin (talk) 17:16, 14 April 2015 (UTC)
Well, the citation should be found *before* the text is added. It seems that some editors are trying to push the line that "opposition to Russian foreign policy is equal to anti-Russian sentiment" or "Russophobia". This of course is bullshit, which is why there are no reliable sources being used to support this POV. Instead we're getting things like a link to the definition of the word "phobia" or stuff about Bulgaria. It appears to be intentionally misleading and disruptive.
The implication is that where it says that "Ukraine, Georgia" etc. it is trying to imply that these countries' desire to "leave Russian sphere of influence", having disagreements with the nationalistic tendencies in the Russian government, or simply not wanting to get fucked up by Russia amounts to ... "Russophobia". It's obnoxious POV pushing. Either reliable sources are provided or this goes.Volunteer Marek (talk) 23:59, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

"самоедство" (self-hatred)[edit]

The article fails to address a well-known plague of Russian intelligentsia on 19th century, which has nothing to do with Shafarevich's concept of Russophobia of the "small peoples" (his euphemism for the Jews). An example would be:

«Можно было бы дать анализ современного явления, приобретающего все более патологический характер. Это русофобия некоторых русских людей — кстати, весьма почитаемых. Раньше они говорили нам, и они, действительно, так считали, что в России им ненавистно бесправие, отсутствие свободы печати и т.д., и т.п., что по-тому именно они так нежно любят Европу, что она, бесспорно, обладает всем тем, чего нет в России. А что мы видим ныне? По мере того, как Россия, добиваясь большей свободы, всё более самоутверждается, нелюбовь к ней этих господ только усиливается. И напротив, мы видим, что никакие нарушения в области правосудия, нравственности и даже цивилизации, которые допускаются в Европе, нисколько не уменьшили пристрастия к ней. Словом, в явлении, которое я имею в виду, о принципах как таковых не может быть и речи, здесь действуют только инстин-кты, и именно в природе этих инстинктов и следовало бы разобраться» - Письмо к дочери Анне от 20 сентября 1867 г. // Литературное наследство. Т. 97. Ф.И. Тютчев. Кн. 1. М., 1988. С. 306).

Discounting the valid criticisms of the social order in Russia, one can find plenty of derogatory comments towards Russian people as a whole: lazy, inept, slow, dirty, etc. I am pretty sure there must be texts towards this end, I just have no time. -M.Altenmann >t 03:03, 28 July 2015 (UTC)