Off Topic: Russians Watching U.S. Presidential Race
Via The Other Russia.
At a meeting in Moscow this Tuesday, Russian experts turned the conversation to presidential politics in the United States, the Sobkor.ru news agency reports. With a fascinating electoral campaign taking place in the US, many Russians have taken a key interest in the competition between Senators John McCain and Barack Obama.
Participants in the discussion, largely Russian experts on the United States, disagreed widely on what the result of the American election would mean for Russia.
The event was held in line with a presentation of The Audacity of Hope, a memoir and policy book written by Obama.
Valery Garbuzov, the deputy director of the Institute of USA and Canada in Russia’s Academy of Sciences, said that people in US have been “living by these elections” for over a year. In his opinion, the active nationwide discussion of the problems facing the US in recent years shows that American democracy is not in crisis. “These grueling, expensive, exhausting American elections still accomplish their goal after all,” he said.