Col­lec­tive yawn from Rus­sians

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION - — Sabra Ayres

While many Amer­i­cans were glued to their screens lis­ten­ing to Comey’s tes­ti­mony, Rus­sians were largely ig­nor­ing the hear­ings.

Even the Krem­lin wasn’t tun­ing in, said gov­ern­ment spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin has ve­he­mently de­nied al­le­ga­tions that Rus­sia in­ter­fered with the U.S. elec­tions in fa­vor of Trump, and blamed the “hys­te­ria” on Rus­so­pho­bia.

“Most Rus­sians don’t care or sim­ply don’t be­lieve that Rus­sia could have inf lu­enced the U.S. elec­tions,” said Oleg Ko­zlovsky, an op­po­si­tion ac­tivist. “For many Rus­sians, they just don’t be­lieve that Rus­sia is that in­flu­en­tial in other coun­tries’ pol­i­tics.”

Nearly 72% of Rus­sians polled by the Le­vada Cen­ter, an in­de­pen­dent polling agency, shortly af­ter Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion in Jan­uary said Rus­sia prob­a­bly or def­i­nitely did not in­ter­fere with the U.S. elec­tion.

Only 18% said they were fol­low­ing the is­sue closely.

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