There they go again.
Julia Ioffe and Miriam Elder, the two worst Russia reporters on the planet, are at it once again.
On her Twitter feed, Elder was shocked to find Russians making Georgian wine, that is until a Moscow Times reporter explained to her that “Saperavi” does not refer to a wine being Georgian, it refers to a kind of grape that anyone can grow and make wine with. It was as if she had accused California of cheating consumers by selling wine made from grapes they also use in France.
Interestingly, as an aside, what’s actually correct is that Georgian mineral water, the famous Borjomi brand, is no longer truly Georgian though made in Georgia, because the company has been purchased by Russia (the reason it was suddenly deleted from the Russian blacklist).
Then Ioffe reported on the New Republic website that Monday’s protest had begun with a moment of silence to commemorate the anniversary of the Bolotnaya uprising a year earlier. In fact, as the LA Times reported, the moment of silence was for a worker who was killed while setting up the staging for the Monday protest.
This is the same comical pair who breathlessly reported a year ago that the protest movement was sweeping Russia and changing it forever. Instead, what the world actually saw was the movement wither on the vine. Barely a quarter the support is now turning out for public demonstrations, and not one real political objective has been achieved. Navalny’s speech before the most recent throng was disjointed, incoherent and uninspiring to say the least, but we still don’t hear anything remotely like the full truth from either Elder or Ioffe, much less to we hear anything remotely like a mea culpa for past misreporting.
With “friends” like these, Russia needs no enemies.