There is something in the Russian collective memory that causes Russian distrust of the West. Does this mistrust have religious roots?
This article from our archives was first published on RI in November 2014
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I wouldn’t completely disagree with some of the points raised in the article “Anti-Western sentiment as the basis of Russian unity”, heavily criticized by another RI contributor, Eric Kraus.
There is a deeper anti-Western sentiment in Russian identity than is implied by the recent rise in anti-Western sentiment among Russians, mainly caused by what is perceived as aggression by the United States and NATO.