“There are no invalids in the USSR.” This was the laughable, official statement from the Russian government when asked if they were planning to send any disabled athletes to the first Paralympic games back in 1980. A cheeky response; just what you’d expect from a Communist government obsessed with molding the perfect society.
And sadly, most Russians still have a negative attitude towards disability. Some will even become enraged if they see us in public. Many see people with disabilities as a drain on society, not giving as much as they are receiving. This is definitely a throwback to the Communist era of Russia, and it will take a long time to change this type of mindset.
The media is also a huge proble