It is with great interest and amusement that the Embassy of Russia (in Mauritius) read the contents of Mr. Patrick Belcourt’s (Le Mauricien newspaper) “article” entitled “Le TSAR D’ASSAUT de Moscou” (link: goo.gl/Or1Nc4).
In this miraculous work Mr. Belcourt embarked on an unreserved analysis of practically all spheres of life in Russia. Nothing left unnoticed by the author: despotism, human rights issues, terrible friends (China, Venezuela, Cuba among them), repressions against opposition, “Siberian Gulag” and even more. Indeed, you can never imagine how far a journalist with the lack of objective knowledge can go in his quest for a new “breaking” material. A poor set of common prejudices on Russia topped up by ridiculous and superficial speculation – that is basically the core of Mr. Belcourt’s piece of writing.
However, leaving sarcasm aside it is important to understand that such an irresponsible approach to preparing an article to be published in a widely circulated newspaper deceives readers and gives them the false image of a matter.
To this end, Mr. Belcourt is invited to visit Russia to see the real life there, to set himself free from conventional stereotypes and get to know the situation better. At least it is highly recommended to have a look at the web-sites of the Russian opposite mass media (like “Echo of Moscow” or “Novaya Gazeta”) where the freedom of speech (including that aimed against the authorities) is respected far better than in many Western “democratic” countries. Come to Russia, Mr. Belcourt, it is never too late to broaden your knowledge and thus improve your professionalism.
Le Mauricien @Patrick Belcourt