I have an important announcement to make: my initiation into the “club” of Russia blogs is almost complete. Why, you may ask? Because I’ve encountered my first troll.*
This particular non-user, nicknamed after a certain firebird of myth, seems to spring into action every time I post anything about Putin – be it mentioning a book I am reading about him, actual reviews on Putin books, or links to articles about decisions he has made. He/she/it clearly hates Putin and always spontaneously appears to kindly remind me of how depressing Russia has gotten under him. (If it weren’t for the unsupported generalizations of phoenix, I would still be a naive little slave to Kremlin propaganda today!**) Heck, even the book recommendations phoenix gave me have to do with the horrors of Putin! He/she/it never comments on anything else I share – just when it concerns Putin and Putinism. Always one breath away from calling me a Kremlin shill, but always too afraid to commit.
Still not convinced that phoenix is some sort of troll? Well, a picture is worth a thousand words…so have two.
Phoenix appeared again on my post “Three controversial points from Putin’s ‘Direct Line’ call-in show”, as one of a string of about 11 comments posted in various places on my site within an hour.
Regardless of whether phoenix is a real person or an actual non-user, I hope he/she/it realizes that his/her/its presence on my site is annoying and ineffective.
You may be wondering, why bother creating a post on this at all? Well, I’m doing so because (a) I find this all incredibly amusing, (b) I am bored, or (c) it could be that I’m trying to troll the troll, which might be fun. (Or perhaps dangerous…those of you more well-versed in trollology might want to advise me here.) Regardless of which purpose is the real one (heck, it might be all three), I consider this to be a bit of a milestone as far as the development of a Russia blog goes.
So thank you, phoenix, wherever you are.
*My addition to the blogroll on Paul Robinson’s blog IRRUSSIANALITY is certainly important as well.
**I would like the record to reflect, however, that I am neither a Putin supporter nor detractor. Never have been, and probably never will be.