The “political issue”, of course, is an empty box.
Everything is political, because we live in a constitutional state. The concept of “political issue” implies that there are people who disagree about how something is viewed or dealt with, and that it aligns with political or partisan lines. And certainly there are things that have become very sensitive as a result. Because: There are also people on the other side.
But I haven’t actually found a single East European (formerly the Warsaw Pact) pro-Russian or even neutral.
I can’t imagine there being so many. The Russians might be in those areas very well, especially if they only follow Russian media. Honestly, I don’t see what you gain from protecting their sensitivities. Moreover, as far as I can see, they are one block versus Putin.
Hence downloadable content is very sensitive from a marketing point of view. But I can also imagine that most of the employees are also tired of Putin, not feeling like celebrating in Russia their release.
After decades of Russian propaganda, there are still pro-Russian people in the rest of Europe, and they should not care about these countries either, because they are clearly either people who do not know their history or the suffering of the former Warsaw countries is not important.
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