Anti-Americanism and racism may be big in Russia, but discussions on US presidential elections mostly reflect worldwide reactions: excitement, fear, hope, and some Obamania.
Hours before America votes, many Russian-language bloggers are making predictions about the US race. While most posts are short and, often, sweet, some are still arguing for or against the candidates.
Tyoma-Cat, after criticizing conservative arguments for John McCain, says he would still vote for the Republican candidate. The blog says McCain is not a good choice, but that Democratic nominee Barack Obama is a bad one.
While Tyoma-Cat doesnâ€™t specify distrust for Obama, Sentjao says he is scared with the idea that the Illinois senator will pull out of Iraq:
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The fact that Barack Obama can become Americaâ€™s president is very frightening.
Many more active Russian bloggers, though, seem to support Obama, and everyone has their own reason. Olyapka keeps it short:
Ð¯ Ð·Ð° ÐžÐ±Ð°Ð¼Ñƒ :)) Ð¾Ð½ Ð¼Ð¾Ð»Ð¾Ð´Ð¾Ð¹ Ð¸ ÑÐ¸Ð¼Ð¿Ð°Ñ‚Ð¸Ñ‡Ð½Ñ‹Ð¹ :))I am for Obama. He is young and handsome
Balberov has even a shorter entry. His post is titled â€œMy choice,â€ and the body is one word â€“ â€œObama.â€
Radioman07 says he has made a bet with a driver at his work. The blogger thinks Obama will win, and has risked 500 Russian rubles (about US $18) for his guess.
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Ñ Ð½Ð° ÑÐ°Ð¼Ð¾Ð¼ Ð´ÐµÐ»Ðµ Ñ‚Ð¾Ð¶Ðµ Ð·Ð° ÐžÐ±Ð°Ð¼Ñƒ.. Ð Ñ‚Ð¾ ÑƒÐ¶ Ð¾Ñ‡ÐµÐ½ÑŒ Ñ‚ÑƒÐ¿Ð¾Ð¹ ÑÐ¾ÑŽÐ· Ð¿Ð¾Ð»ÑƒÑ‡Ð°ÐµÑ‚ÑÑ ÐœÐ°ÐºÐºÐµÐ¹Ð½-ÐŸÑÐ¹Ð»Ð¸Ð½..Yesterday I talked to diplomats from the Indian Embassy in Moscowâ€¦ [We] also discussed the US. They [the Indian diplomats] say that they will be happy if Obama wins.
And I am still thinking: how much will the Statesâ€™ white population want a black man to rule them?
Uzogh [a Russian-language Armenian blogger] wrote about some kind of an effect [referring to the Bradley effect] that another candidate was chosen just because of being white.
In reality, I am also for Obama. Otherwise, the McCain-Palin ticket becomes a very stupid one.