With the escalation of the crisis in Syria, there has been increasingly harsh criticism in the Arab media of Russia, as well as of China, who have consistently deflected all Arab and international attempts to stop the violence and to remove Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad from power. This criticism has also taken the form of cartoons published in the Arab press, depicting Russia as supporting and collaborating in massacres. Other cartoons depict China, Iran, and Russia as providing weapons to Assad and supporting him in the international community.
The following are examples of cartoons from Arab newspapers:
Russia Supports Massacres, Dictators
Assad Fights Under Protection Of Russian Bear
Source: Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia, June 11, 2012
Putin Infuses "Russian Support" Into Syrian Regime For Massacres
Source: Arabnews.com, May 30, 2012
The "Russian Position" Tips Scales In Favor Of Syrian Regime
Source: Al-Jazirah (Saudi Arabia), July 2, 2012
Assad Rests Comfortably On "Russia"
Source: Al-Arab Al-Yawm (Jordan), July 7, 2012
"Russian" Weapons Behind Bloody Pact Between Assad, Who Slaughters "Syria," And Thein Sein, Who Slaughters "Muslims In Burma"
Source: Al-Watan (Saudi Arabia), July 19, 2012
Russia Backs, Directs Bloodshed In Syria
Putin Winds Up Assad Syrian Killing Machine
Source: Al-Jarida (Kuwait), July 4, 2012
Putin Cranks Whetstone To Sharpen Assad's Axe
Source: Al-Jarida (Kuwait), May 27, 2012
"A Clear Change Of Direction In Russia's Stance Vis-à-vis Syria"
Source: Al-Watan (Saudi Arabia), July 5, 2012
Russian FM "Sergei Lavrov – Syrian Foreign Minister"
Source: Al-Watan (Saudi Arabia), July 18, 2012
Russia, China, And Iran Are Behind Assad
Assad – A Pawn In Hands Of "Russia," "China," And "Iran"
Source: Al-Watan (Qatar), July 26, 2012
China/Russia Veto Lets Assad Continue The Fighting
Source: Al-Watan (Saudi Arabia), July 22, 2012
"Russian Position" And "Chinese Position" Applaud Assad
Source: Al-Nadwa (Saudi Arabia), July 9, 2012
"Russia," "China" Provide Assad With Seat
Source: Al-Arab Al-Yawm (Jordan), July 21, 2012
"The Russia-China Veto" – The Syrian Regime's Shield Against "UN"
Source: Al-Ittihad (UAE), July 27, 2012
"Russia," "Iran" – Syrian Regime's Ammunition
Source: Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), July 16, 2012