Much of this anti-Russian sentiment has its origins in American Christian fundamentalism. Christian fundamentalists take their bible very seriously (as I once did) and are far better versed in the scriptures than their European counterparts. They will be aware of the following prophecy in the book of the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel:
"The above passage is a prophecy relating to the invasion of the land of Israel by 'Gog' from the land of 'Magog', the "chief prince of Meshech and Tubal". It is clear from the context of the passage that Gog is the leader of the confederation of nations who are predicted to attack Israel in the 'last days'. We see that Gog is from the land of Magog. It is frequently stated by bible believers that Hesiod writing in the 7th century BCE identified Magog as the Scythians and southern Russia. However I can find no evidence to back up their assertion but whether it be true or not its frequent repetition for many decades now in the eyes of some makes it a 'fact'. What matters though is not actually what Hesiod wrote but what Christians believe he wrote, an important distinction. The association of Magog with Russia has long coloured the perception of Russia by western Christian fundamentalists and is an important factor in the current out of control hysteria about the 'Russian bear'. This hysteria is all bound up with what I call The Pilgrim Fathers Complex
What of Meschech and Tubal? In some translations of the Hebrew scriptures Rosh is mentioned along with Meschech and Tubal. Ancient peoples considered Meschech to be a barbaric Turkic people and inseparable from Tubal. These peoples are believed to have migrated into the Russian plains so again we see an association with Russia. Some commentators draw a link between Meschech and Moscow, the capital of the Russian Federation. Again rightly or wrongly (it matters little in the scheme of things) Rosh is said to be Russia. Verse 15 of the passage which I quote below makes it clear that Ezekiel places Magog geographically to the north of Israel:
"And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:"
One look at an atlas and one can see that only the Russian Federation as it is today would fit the description of "from thy place out of the north parts" for Russia is directly north of Israel. There appears to be no general agreement as to which country or countries Gomer is supposed to equate to in modern times. In the past when Germany was divided some commentators interpreted Gomer as being eastern Germany (the DDR). Others believe it represents the countries of eastern Europe which were satellite states of Russia in the days of the USSR and yet others believe that it represents western Europe! Very little consistency with that one!
It is rather interesting that Ezekiel predicts that Israel will be restored in the last days:
"After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them." (38:8)
The founding of the state of Israel in 1948 was an important event in the lives of those who study end time prophecy in the bible and can be linked to the 'Second Coming' of Christ:
I would draw my readers' attention to verse 32 and the reference to the 'fig tree' which is taken to be a symbol of Israel and its subsequent rebirth being a significant sign of the coming 'Armageddon'. One other factor I wish to point out is that none of these predicted events can come to pass without the rebuilding of the Jewish temple on the Temple Mount and for this reason some Christian groups, notably American ones are working to restore the temple but for this to happen the Dome of the Rock, a shrine sacred to the muslims situated on the Temple Mount must fall! Verse 15 refers to the 'Abomination of Desolation' which is taken to refer to the appearance of the 'Antichrist' in the inner sanctum of the Jewish temple, the 'Holy of Holies'. So in the thinking of Christians the restoration of the temple is the next significant event which must happen before the appearance of the 'Antichrist' and the 'Second Coming'.
Returning to the primary topic at hand, Russia one can see how significant Russia appears to be in bible prophecy and one can see from their distorted thinking why western Christians and westerners generally who are inflicted with the insanity of the Christian virus display such (unchristian) venom towards modern Russia and its strong leader Putin and I am sure many identity him with the Gog of Ezekiel.