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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Site Takes U.S. Opinion To Former Soviet States

Russians have a new online view of the United States.

Washington Profile at www.washprofile.org is a Washington-based news source in the Russian language concentrating on public opinion in America, especially toward events in the former Soviet states.

Washington Profile says its goal is to "introduce [readers] to the entire spectrum of positions and opinions that are popular in America."

"Our great peoples must better understand each other's intentions, goals and views," the site says. "Unfortunately ... stereotypes from the past, as well as new ones, are sometimes taken as certain truth."

Washington Profile writes its own articles, but also provides material from government departments and nongovernmental organizations.

Nikolai Zlobin, a former professor at Moscow State University, founded the project, originally called Washington Online, in August 2000, when it was based at the Russian program of the International Center in Washington. Bruce Blair, director of the Center of Defense Information, is chairman of the project's supervisory board.

The main page has a list of statistics that draw an outline of U.S. public opinion, with the first item on the list particularly comforting: "52 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Russia," according to the Program on International Policy Attitudes, which says that this is the highest level of popularity in four years.

Below the statistics is a link to the January edition of the online newspaper. Some of the articles, taken from other sources, have links to complete texts in English. Each article comes with a "fact of the day."

The interview section includes transcripts from Boeing vice president and former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Thomas Pickering and former KGB Lieutenant General Oleg Kalugin. There's a link to a photo section featuring pictures of life in America, or least life in Washington.

The site has links to research organizations, governmental departments, human rights organizations, U.S. media outlets and others, along with an archive of past editions.