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It's true. On the other hand, Russia is equally as obsessed with ethnicity. Finding Jewish roots in politicians or public figures you don't like is practically a national sport.
Also, in 2014, I worked the Hockey World Championship in Belarus. One of my colleagues was a black man from NYC. Locals and visiting Russian fans would take selfies with him as if he was a circus attraction and made comments I didn't dare to translate. Ex-USSR has major issues...
One of the more popular shows on Russian TV is KVN, a comedy competition among teams, often college-based ones. One of the most legendary champions is RUDN University, which is a college with a lot of international students. The way they won was having lots of black players and..
... then making them tell jokes about cannibalism, apemen, hunger and other unbelievably racist stuff. All of this was presented under the guise of "promoting friendship of peoples." They would literally say shit like "Let me show you my tail." Russia isn't "obsessed" with race
... but it's attitudes toward it are somewhere in the vicinity of the XVII century.
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