Brendan O’Neill Brendan O’Neill

Tom Tugendhat and the worrying rise of Russophobia

Anti-Russian rhetoric has been gathering pace in the UK for a few years now

An anti-Brexit protest points the finger at Putin (Getty images)

Public life in Britain has taken a dark turn over the past 48 hours. Russia’s outrageous invasion of Ukraine has caused some people to lose their minds. War hysteria is everywhere. Jingoism is surging. Russophobia itself threatens to take hold in polite society. I can’t be the only person who feels deeply uncomfortable with the stifling, conformist and accusatory atmosphere that has descended on these isles in such swift order.

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