Russians Bored With U.S. Political Antics and Donad Trump — Initial expectations of a thaw have given way to apathy

Peace and Freedom

MOSCOW — While their country has become a daily source of headlines and political intrigue in the United States, most Russians are watching the drama over President Donald Trump’s relationship with Moscow with resignation, even indifference.

Russian media, state-owned and private, chronicle Trump’s troubles matter-of-factly. Regular citizens generally care little about them. Many share the view that what’s unfolded in Washington has dimmed prospects for the mended Russia-U.S. ties his candidacy represented here and thus have lost interest.

“I live in Russia, and that’s why I’m not so much interested in what’s going on in the United States,” musician Artem Burnat said. “Yes, the president is a controversial and unpredictable person. But this is their country and their president.”

Opinion surveys have indicated that initial expectations of a thaw have given way to apathy, and perceptions of Trump have become…

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