How could it be hard to verify? I read it on all the comment threads on all the blogs last week. It was right there in black and white, straight from the fingertips of Russian blog commenters. What more verification does one need?
I’ve been dating a girl who is from Russia (no, I did NOT order her through the mail - she’s a 10 year resident of the US and a citizen). Anyway, she talks sometimes about how things in Russia were never as bad as what we thought they were during the Cold War and how Putin is so loved by the people there. She’s never been a Communist and she votes Republican, so it’s never been a big deal until this week, but now her attitudes are really bothering me. When she heard about this conflict with Georgia, she immediately wanted to know what Georgia had done to cause it, and today she got a call from her mom, who still lives in Russia, and the word from her mom is that thousands of South Ossetians have been taken to hospitals in Moscow and other places in Russia as a result of the attempted genocide that the Georgians committed. She, of course, claims that Russia has no imperialist ambitions in that region (please try not to laugh). I suggested to her that if there is any truth to her claims that we Americans are sometimes fed propaganda by our government, there is much more of that fed to the Russian people by Mr. Putin.
I’m not sure this is going to work out. To her credit, she is beautiful and smart (about most everything other than Russian politics).