The British have abandoned the European Union – at eleven o’clock Greenwich Mean Time last night – and the world reacts, except the United States, navel gazing as usual, happily engrossed in the forthcoming football super bowl and, unhappily, in the never ending soap opera of impeachment.
The Russians do not know quite how to react. The government was, as one would expect, very cautious about even approaching an opinion. The deep state channel Zvezda offered a panorama of demonstrators favouring Brexit that had gathered in central London waving the union flag but without comment at all. Stunned into silence? The news program on the first channel did not even mention Brexit, yet Rossiiskaya gazeta provided a startling array of front pages from every British newspaper it could find, replete with translation of the text. Outstanding!