If you want to know what the average Russian thinks about the unfolding crisis in Ukraine, a good place to start is the country's largely state-controlled news media.
Russian-language TV news monitored over the weekend by CNBC revealed two main themes about the crisis in Ukraine's Crimea that now threatens to spread to the rest of the country: Ukrainian protesters, commentators said, are radicals and neo-Nazis. And the Americans, along with their European allies, are hypocrites.
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"When even one citizen of the U.S. or Israel finds himself in a dangerous situation, everyone uses every power they have to save just that one person," Valentina Matviyenko, Russia's highest-ranking female politician, said on one broadcast. "In Crimea, more than 60 percent of the people are Russians, and these Russians and the leader of Crimea have asked for our help, and we can't be indifferent."
During Russian broadcaster NTV's special newscast about the situation in Ukraine, the anchor repeatedly referred to the "taking over of the Ukrainian government by radicals."