I’ve been wondering the same question asked in this column: Why are smart, educated, worldly people lying like crazy when it comes to Ukraine?
Toeing the party line comes naturally to them. I’m sure they don’t even consider it lying – in much the same way as taking stuff from a factory or an office was never considered stealing back in the days of the Soviet Union. It was just the Soviet way.
There is one other peculiarity of the latent Soviet-style newthink. When you live in Russia, you become convinced that nothing in that country ever changes. Every regime isforever.