But people with functional brains and enough awareness can tell that these ludicrous claims are BS. The facts on
the ground speak for themselves. Russians don't care about NATzO preaching to its own choir. For some reason
the deciders in NATzO think that spreading inane propaganda will result in regime change in Russia. The brain
rot is extreme.
But that is the fundamental difference between the Russians and the west... the west thinks pointing out corruption in Russia might destroy Russia... because look at the way the west treats dissidents from China or Russia... but also look at how they treat whistleblowers... Manning, Snowden, Assange... and plenty you never hear of from the CIA and NSA who go to jail for revealing national secrets.... it is ignored that these secrets are generally corruption or war crimes...
Sorry guys, corruption in Russia is a problem and ignoring it won't make it go away, it will only enable it, and not only it but all sorts of CIA-organized smooth-talking con-artists such as Navalny
Of course it is a problem.... anywhere it is a problem, but the west are not pointing that out to help Russia.... they are pointing it out to say it is worse in Russia than in the west where we have no corruption, because everyone who talks about it goes to jail.
I suspect the only contracts on which you don't have much corruption in Russia are the military-industrial ones. Well maybe aside from shipbuilding.
It is human nature... if you are the casting director and you are picking out pretty people to get a job in a movie that might make their careers and they are desperate.... well taking advantage of that is normal isn't it? When there are thousands of people wanting the job and only one can do it and they are all pretty and talented... how would you decide... you could even lie to yourself and say it was a test to see how committed they were to do a good job...
And it is not like it doesn't happen further up the chain... some CEO of a movie company wants his daughter in a movie... she gets in the movie... isn't that corruption too?
Some actors create their own companies to make the movies they want to make... it is all about power and the use and misuse of it .
If by corruption you mean payoffs to get contracts or to avoid customs taxes or income taxes, I can tell you the level of that activity is currently lower than at any point in post-Soviet history. It was routine 20 years ago - today not so easy with real risk of jail time. 25 years ago, under Yeltsin, it was a complete joke. Everything was corrupt - almost 100% of businesses siphoned profits into Cypriot offshores. How do you think the Berezovskys of the world made their money? The West and Russian liberals had zero problem with that corruption. It served their interests. The other 95% of the Russian population be damned.
And in places in the west it is just part of doing business.
If you want to sell planes to Arabs you might need to get creative with the whores you send... the French got a lot of contracts because they had beautiful women of purchasable virtue, but sometimes the tastes are different... ie boys... and/or underage type stuff... and if you want the contract that is what you supply.
In the early 1990s it was frustrating for Russian companies because they found they were competing with companies that would lie and offer bribes... they thought the world of the west was free and fair competition and the best gear got the sale.... HAHAHAHA.
From private to municipal to federal.
All the red tape and bullshit to build something like a house or a shed and you pay fees and for inspections and all sorts of rubbish.
A quarter acre property was pretty normal here, but these days people buy such houses and subdivide the section and put three or four smaller houses on them... the local councils love it because it means more people to charge rates, but the water and sewerage systems were not designed for it...
And parking your car becomes a nightmare.
We've gone from the self-declared "lucky country" to a spineless servile whining satrapy, a capering monkey faithfully obeying the commands from its organ grinder. Truth is, we always have been (heck, we were stupid enough to send troops to Vietnam), but now its become so apparent that even Blind Pew can't fail to notice...
Not to mention looking down your nose at New Zealand for not being anti China enough.... pricks.
We promise not to rub your nose in it down the track... NOT.
Murkans and their spineless Eurofag vassals can pound sand for an eternity...
The funny thing is that the US economy is not that great and their government is so far in the red... how ironic is that... that when digital currencies and other alternatives and new alternatives to SWIFT start to gain traction... and they will because the current idiots are using them as weapons so of course all their potential targets are going to make alternative plans in case they follow through... the US dollar might become a brand of toilet paper... and then where will they be?
If their currency is worthless then how are they going to pay what they owe?
I am thinking their comments about never being a friend of Russia, and never agreeing to terms with Russia is being a bit short sighted and naive... and it might end up biting them in the arse.
But then they are bending over backwards to remind everyone they have not friends and only interests and screwing everyone in their way, so why should we care.