The capacity of the human mind to ignore reality has always amazed me. In Nazi Germany people did their best to ignore that their nation had embarked on a program that was leading to war and destruction because most people just love the histrionics of Adolf Hitler. Today in Russia, the public has decided to wipe from their minds the reality of what is occurring inside their nation. Reality: Prices on goods are rising, the economy is heading towards a recession, jobs are being lost, the ruble has declined to the lowest rate of exchange with US dollars in history, but most Russians are convinced there are no sanctions, and their beloved Great Leader, Vladimir Putin has everything under control. Poll after poll reveals that Russians overwhelmingly support this petty ruler and actually believe that Nazis now control the government in Ukraine.
Then again, I live in the United States of America, a nation in which most who recently voted supported those who have made life worse for the average American. Americans, like Russians, want the government to give them goodies, but they support those who seek to reduce their Social Security or damage the ability of people to obtain health care. Russians are no different than Americans in their capacity to ignore reality and dream on about a world that does not exist.