Russia's state media is panicking about the prospects of Democrats retaking the House of Representatives this fall.
Julia Davis, who runs the Russian Media Monitor website, has written a roundup of recent Russian state TV coverage for the Daily Beast that reveals hosts are terrified that a Democratic House might either impeach President Donald Trump or pass a "sanctions from hell" bill that would drop a hammer on the Russian economy.
"Stankevich, the head of the international affairs committee for the Party of Growth, argued that the very fate of Trump is at stake in the midterm elections," writes Davis. "Vitaly Tretyakov, dean of Moscow State University’s School of Television, insisted with a certain note of irony that Russia should act decisively in response to the new sanctions, pressuring Trump by threatening to withdraw Russian support in the midterms."
Davis also has found that Russian pundits are more frequently bringing up possible retaliatory measures against the United States, as hope that Trump will deliver major sanctions relief seems all but gone.
"A gaggle of pro-Kremlin talking heads voiced a series of other proposals Russia should implement in retaliation for the U.S. sanctions, such as 'start arresting Americans,' shut down American businesses operating in Russia, form an anti-American front with the enemies of the United States, steal Western technologies and confiscate funds from Russia’s nouveaux riches to compensate for the losses caused by the sanctions," she writes.