From Russia With Love

He has said he sees the letters KGB in Vladimir Putin's eyes and that he wants to kick Russia out of the G8. Yet Russians have a greater appreciation for GOP presidential candidate John McCain than citizens of the big European nations. A survey from British pollster YouGov shows that if Europeans could vote, they would choose McCain's Democratic opponent, Barack Obama, by double-digit margins. In Germany the spread was 61 points. But in Russia? Seven.

Uniquely, Russians saw McCain as better equipped to lead the world economy. They tend to prefer right-leaning politicians and view McCain as a more powerful figure, says Boris Makarenko, a Moscow analyst. The Democrats are also associated with Russia's humiliation in the 1990s. After 20 years of turmoil, Obama's message of change is something Russians can do without.