Hating the reflection? Tony Kevin, former Australian diplomat
For decades, Russians have both laughed and despaired at the inadequacies of their system while also struggling to accept the same criticism from foreigners. And when Russia decided to hold a mirror to the west’s own imperfections, including by setting up this channel, it turned out that western tolerance to similar criticism is even lower. Why is it so difficult to communicate without pointing out what’s wrong with the other? To discuss this, Oksana is joined by Tony Kevin, former Australian diplomat and author of Return to Moscow.
Ambassador Tony Kevin is an expert of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC)