The Media Mirror - 31.07.07. What's new in today's Russian newspapers?

The Russian press looks at anti-American sentiment, spread among Russian students, and Mahmoud Abbas' visit to Moscow. It also writes about the traditional celebration of the Airborne Troops Day scheduled for August 2 in the Russian capital.

VEDOMOSTI publishes an article on anti-Americanism, spread among Russia's young generation. The author, Maksim Arseniev writes that the anti-American sentiment can be found as a dominating attitude to the U.S. among students of Moscow State University and the Higher School of Economics.

Moscow's Carnegie Centre has recently presented the results of a survey in 44 regions of Russia, showing that the “Putin Generation” youth, who support the Russian President, are the main bearer of the anti-American sentiment and their attitude is going to effect relations between the two countries in the long run.

At the moment, writes the author, it is clear: for more than half of the “Putin Generation” “the collapse of the Soviet Union is still seen as a national catastrophe”.

The writer blames the reforms of the 1990s, when the Socialist economy was successfully transformed into a market economy, but nothing was done about the ideology.

“It was, using the words of Evgeny Yasin, ”liberalism without democracy“,” says the author.

Indeed, the last ever generation of Soviet bureaucracy was more Imperial than Communist, and the “Putin Generation” are their sons and daughters. They become, as the author puts it, “market-oriented but anti-West”.

In KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA Mikhail Leontiev writes about Mahmoud Abbas' visit to Moscow:

“In our time a real world power is the one capable of a feasible attempt to solve the Palestinian problem. Nothing can be solved there today without Russia.”

VREMYA NOVOSTEI has an interview with the Chairperson of the Georgian Parliament, Nino Burjanadze, who says that in case Abkhazia joins in the projects to prepare Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics without Tbilisi's consent, Georgia may cause an international boycott of the Games, like the one in 1980 over the summer Games in Moscow.

Well, that might be an overstatement. As we remember, the boycott of 1980 was supposed to punish the Soviet Union for its invasion of Afghanistan. It's hardly on the same scale.

MOSKOVSKI KOMSOMOLETS writes this year the traditional Moscow celebration of the Airborne Troops Day on August 2 is going to be held in a very unusual way.

It was somehow remembered that the holiday always co-incides with the Day of St. Ilya the Prophet, celebrated by the Orthodox Church. St. Ilya has been established as the patron saint of Airborne troops and this year the two holidays are celebrated together, in churches and with icon-holding processions, and so – there will be much less space for the usual drinking and wandering the city streets in blue berets.