I hope you read this - Putin is a creation of the West . The West has no reason to fear him. [Mostly] baseless allegations are made against him by Western governments to ensure that gullible people back home have something to fear. This ensures that our government can divert public attention from vital issues.
I would agree with this so far...
I would add that Putin started out as a fan of the west and probably would have happily cooperated if the west had at least taken Russian interests in mind when it acts, but it didn't because it is not interested in taking anyone elses interests but its own in mind when it decides on things.
It took the Soviet Union only 16 years to send the first man into space after the end of WW2. In 20 years, Russia hasn’t learned to design its own computer, a machine tool, pharmaceutical manufacturing equipment and much more.
Why would Russia waste time reinventing stuff that has already been invented... they have limited resources to piss away unlike the US apparently, and they knew they had a short window of opportunity before the west recognised potential a rival and tried to destroy it.
Local factories have been shut down, and giant Western groups like VW, Citroen, BMW, Rolls Royce etc have opened factories in their place with ownership, management and technology coming from overseas. The profits are split between the Western corporations, oligarchs and officials.
Lots of western companies have taken advantage of the cheap educated labour force, but I think that is more a criticism of western corporations... they build factories everywhere except the west where nothing is made any more.
Look at the recent crisis... all the masks and gloves were made in China...
National currency Ruble has slipped from 28.16 to 74.02 against US$ with prices rising accordingly, while wages stagnate, as more money hasn’t been printed possibly to avoid a runaway hyperinflation. Gas price rose by 483% (from 7.2 to 42). In case you didn't know, most of Russia’s revenues come from exporting crude oil.
I am no financial expert but the value of the ruble only matters with imported products and with all their sanctions and Russian sanctions in return there is not a huge amount you can import in Russia that you can't buy much cheaper from local production.... and even if that were not true... what a wonderful opportunity for a Russian to take advantage of the value of the Ruble and to start production in Russia and even export for valuable foreign money...
The number of officials went up from 485,566 to 2.4 million.
A meaningless number if they are doing a good job.
The population of Russia is roughly the same as 20 years ago, while millions of migrants of color have received citizenship in that period of time. At least 150,000 ethnic Russian citizens, many of whom with excellent skills, leave the country for good each year.
. If those fine white Russian citizens want to leave Russia to find somewhere else to live why do you think it is Putins fault?
And Dem Nigger importz iz probly smarter dan u. Why should Russia be the only country on the planet not accepting migrants of whatever colour?
Russia spends more budget money on defense than on education and healthcare combined.
Perhaps if its neighbours were not psychotic arse holes funded and encouraged by the bastards in the west who live from war and death and destruction they could reduce that and change the balance, but until the west gets a conscience and stops murdering people Russia needs to spend money to protect itself... and I would add it is very rich someone from the west criticising Russia for spending 60 odd billion a year on Russian products, while the US spends more than 10 times that on stuff mostly sourced from China...
BTW despite having to completely rebuild their military from the ground up and their military industrial complex they never even approached the amount of money spent in the US.... in fact allowing for the low military spending from 2000-2008 they have probably spend less in the last 20 years than the US alone spends each year on defence.
And now that it is on track spending is actually going down... something that rarely happens in the US.
The number of hospitals fell by 50% (from 10,700 to 5,300). This actually points out to a logical conclusion that the population of Russia is much smaller than officially claimed.
Yeah, I am wondering which ass you are getting these numbers from, because I would suggest reality is likely the opposite.
If Russia had 10,700 hospitals when Putin got into power I would say they had no medicine and all the medical equipment was not working after 10 years of neglect and theft.
The number of schools fell by 21% (from 68,100 to 41,349). This highlights the fact that most of the country has seen decline in population. People migrate to bigger cities and towns in search of work where they overwhelm the existing schools. The quality of education inevitably suffers.
Where are these numbers coming from...
But really good one... urbanisation is happening in most countries on the planet but according to this article is it Putins fault...
People moving... only in Putins Russia...
At the same time, the number of Orthodox churches had doubled from 19,000 to 38,649, while the level of religiosity in the population hasn’t risen. Why are they building more churches, then? Because Russian Orthodox Church is a state corporation that exists for the sole objective of making its stakeholders and top management wealthy, which has been proven by photos and videos of high-flying lifestyle of thousands of priests.
Yeah, because in the rest of the world religions shy away from money and don't have any land or assets to speak of... I am sure there is a Scientology lecture on that very subject and if you pay a fee of $20,000 you can find out for yourself...
Recent polls suggest median salary is 15k/month or $200/month, and a third of the population don’t have enough money to buy footwear for all members of the family. When asked to comment, Putin claimed that 17k a month is a middle class salary.
Surely an above average salary would be a middle class salary.... isn't that how it works?
When the value of their currency is worth a fraction of a US dollar don't you think their income might appear low in dollar terms and therefore representing it in dollar terms is totally dishonest... but then I suspect they got these numbers from the same ass... so why bother?
At the same time, Russia is at the 3rd place in the global ranking for the number of billionaires. Largest super-yachts and most expensive real estate in the world belong to Russian oligarchs.
Many of Russias most wealthy live in the UK and hate Putin with a passion because he made them pay tax.
That is also really bad for the US though isn't it because recently a US media outlet said there are more millionaires and billionaires in China than in Russia... so is the US number two or worse?
Of course funny the accusers point to Putin and claim he is letting the rich get richer... like that never happens in the west... the first thing bush snr did when he was elected was cut taxes to the most wealthy... and most subsequent presidents on both sides have done the same because the people that fund their election campaigns are also the wealthy people who don't want to pay any tax at all.
But the crux of the issue is that many rich and powerful hate Putin because one of his requirements for letting you get rich is that you don't then use accountants to then not pay your fair share of tax... to most people in the west that seems reasonable.... they should be paying tax... but rich people in the west think they are special and should not pay any tax and they use their assets... CNN and Fox News and other levers like Hollywood movies to portray Putin as evil.... HE MAKES RICH PEOPLE PAY TAX... what an evil bastard...
Don’t listen to Kremlebots when they tell you Putin has built a country, Russians want their children to live in. They don’t. They are just afraid to change things, because they are divided and there are three million law-enforcement officers, judges on the government payroll and hundreds of penal colonies from hell.
Lots of people get upset with the way things are in their own country and feel powerless to make any changes and some of them pack up and leave... that is fine... but quite often they find their new country has most of the same problems plus a few different ones like hating foreigners and immigrants that steal their jobs. Some people return home... the ones that don't are not Russias or Putins problem.
So the West doesn't fear Putin. It's the ordinary Russians who are at his mercy.
And yet they keep voting for him.
Thanks for the laugh... before I read it I was expecting one of two narratives... Russia is all powerful and controls everything... it influences elections in every country around the world magically without leaving any evidence except when the wrong candidate wins of course, it is the greatest threat to democracy the world has ever known... Stalin and Hitler and Pol Pot and Saddam and Gaddafi and lots of other bad people all rolled in to one country...or Russia is in a state of collapse, it has nothing and does nothing and is fading away as we speak.... the different speeches are necessary because ...how can they have hypersonic weapons first if they can't even make their own computer.... and how are they dealing with ISIS with a relatively large force that includes bombers and SAMs and quite a few people for less money than we have been spending operating just a few thousands spec ops dudes there... the Russian military actually looks relatively strong with good weapons and systems that have been tested against our best stuff and come out quite well yet comes at a fraction of what we have to pay for our shit even though we are clearly over paying.
So we need more money... but the money we spend is so well spent we have them cornered and in imminent defeat mode...
The huge irony is that their strength is probably quite true but spending money money on defence hasn't been a solution so far.... how far down the hole of debt are you willing to run to find out that the simplest approach would be to just back off and stop acting like a total ass hole and just trade with them and treat them with some respect. They don't want to hurt you in any way... before you used your dollar as a weapon they bought your debt... in other words they were banking on your economy paying off the debt and making them money.
Right now they are spending enormous amounts of money in the North Sea Route and the Silk Roads from Asia to the EU... if they hated the west and wanted to destroy it why the fuck would they be investing in infrastructure to help crap made in Asia get to the EU faster and cheaper and crap made in the EU get to Asia faster and cheaper.
How did the west get so rich and powerful while at the same time being dumb as pig shit?