I would like to provide a different point of view. I live in the States and I visit Russia for a month every summer. From what I saw things were great in the US until the financial collapse of 2008. Many people's lives went downhill in one way or another and there is a feeling still that the US hasn't come out of recession despite the economic indicators saying it has. The general outlook on things is not what it was before the recession. Things are getting better, but it is happening at a very slow pace.flamming_python wrote:Karl Haushofer wrote:I don't regard Russia as a "banana republic" but overall its economy is quite a much behind the United States. The US gdp is of course inflated (due to dollar's position as the world reserve currency) but they do also have a gigantic real production and real economy. And their good climate and shorter distances between population centers makes it easier for them to maintain this gigantic economy.sepheronx wrote:Karl Haushofer wrote:True, but Russia's climate is lot worse and Russia lacks warm water ports. And the US makes a better use of its resources than Russia (as it refines them locally instead of exporting them as raw materials).max steel wrote:
Let me correct you : usa isnt the only country when it comes to natural resource russia is ofcourse leads in it.It is the biggest agricultural power in the world.max steel wrote:
And usa is NOT best aggricultural land in world .Basically "everyone" wants to go to America. Scientists. Athletes. Businessmen. Even Russians.max steel wrote:
Stealing best brains ? NOT necessarily . Yes that is America Secret Weapon .
Yes, and I pretty much hate America. They have it "too good" when you look at what they do to rest of the world.
EDIT: I understand that most of the people in this forum also live in America or in Canada. You made a choice to move there.
Man your full of shit.
Russia is one of the largest metallurgical countries in the world. What do you think companies like Norlisk Nickel and the likes actually do? Where do you think they get composit materials from?
Many of us are people of various generations living in Canada or west. Not like we had a choice.
May surprise you to know that I live in Russia. Not only that, but that I also emigrated here (or repatriated) from the West.
Been living here 5 years now, quite content really.
You're right that Russia has a long way to go, but it's not as bleak as you make it sound.
Something must be attracting people to come, and for those already here - to stay, because it's the 2nd most immigrated to country in the world, and because according to the most recent survey, some 81% of Russians have no plans of leaving the country to work abroad.
I visit Russia every summer for about a month and from what I can tell, things are a lot different. I remember visiting back in 2001 and everything seemed grey and depressed. Since then, life has improved by leaps and bounds even in places outside of Moscow and Piter like Nizhniy. I have some friends who were born in the 90's and they are grew up in a completely different environment than what my 3 year old cousin is growing up through. Despite a economic slowdown, I am confident that Russia will continue to improve and grow.