There is a continuing tendency in the West on the part of many commentators to downplay and even ignore the crimes and atrocities committed by Russia in the past (as the Soviet Union) and in the present. The article linked below explains why.
The first,”Orientalism”, is the western attitude that the peoples of eastern Europe and the Ukraine do not deserve the same rights as western nations because they are from another, more antiquated culture and somehow ‘belong’ to Russia anyway. This led to the division of Europe after WW2 and the drawing of the Iron Curtain.
The second attitude is a general desire to downplay or whitewash the crimes of the Communists and ignore the suffering of their victims, in an attempt to appease Russian feelings. We all know how this worked with Hitler.