Omnicom Press Author's Report Puts Russia's Diaspora Under a Microscope

Analysis of attitudes toward Russia held by Russians who have emigrated to the US and Western Europe

Omnicom Press author William Dunkerley has released a revealing analysis of today's Russian diaspora. Titled "What's Wrong with Russia's Diaspora," it examines the attitudes toward Russia of Russians who have migrated to the US and Western Europe. He probes into whether those people are helping to polish the country's international image or to reveal Russia's flaws. Dunkerley conducted a survey that found most diasporic views are negatively biased. Interestingly the prevalence of negativity is related to the time period in which a Russian has emigrated. Immigrants from the 1990s seem more positive than others. But those who speak positively about their homeland to their new neighbors are greeted with disbelief, Dunkerley says. For ease of understanding the complexities of Russia's diaspora Dunkerley created four stereotypical characters: John, Anna, Anastasia, and Vyacheslav. Each represents their respective patterns of adjustment to life away from Russia. Dunkerley concludes it's hard to say that anything is intrinsically wrong with Russia's diaspora. Those in all four stereotypical patterns are creatures of their own experiences and circumstances he observes. Dunkerley is a media business analyst and Senior Fellow at the American University in Moscow. He is the author of four books on Russian topics. His full report on Russia's diaspora can be seen at:

Source: Omnicom Press