Do Russians hate Americans? It’s a good question, one that I can’t answer, and I expect nor can anyone else. Verbally, they certainly dislike America and, like the denizens of the Middle East, register their displeasure by grabbing any opportunity to visit, study in, or emigrate to the USA with both hands. So it’s hard to know.
That said, one thing is for sure: they all hate George Bush. Why? Many reasons apparently, but here’s one. Under Clinton, the dollar was stronger against the rouble than it is now. Almost nine years after the rouble collapsed in 1998, wiping out savings and businesses overnight, Russians still do not have confidence in their own currency and hence insist their salary is paid in dollar equivalent.
And under Bush, the dollar has fallen against the rouble, hence Russians get paid less than they did before. Bush is president, so the reasoning goes, and therefore he is solely responsible for the weakening dollar, which is making Russians poorer. So they hate him.
Is it only Russians who fail to see the irony here?