Over on the powerful and influential American Thinker website, LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld reviews Russia’s ongoing nuclear threat to the national security of the United States and the craven failure of the Obama administration to address it. America needs a new Ronald Reagan, and it has a new, poor man’s Jimmy Carter!
Putin is always late, like a schoolboy, embarrassing his country.
Putin has failed Russia’s villages, and is now reduced to bribing people to leave them as ghost towns.
Despite a personal appeal in halting English by Putin, Russia loses its World Expo 2020 bid.
While obsessing in a paranoid manner about threats from abroad, Putin is recklessly ignoring the virulent toxins with the body Russia that look poised to destroy the country.
These are these are stories that the BBC, NBC, the Wall Street Journal, the Telegraph, USA Today, the Moscow Times and the Financial Times are telling about Russia. They speak for themselves, don’t they?
Over on the mighty Pajamas Media megablog, LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld reviews the current public battle between Russian “prime minister” Dmitri Medvedev and “president” Vladimir Putin, emphasizing that Medvedev is not the liberal savior of Russian politics but instead just another corrupt flunkie of the Putin regime out for all he can get.
Over on the powerful and influential American Thinker blog, LR publisher and founder shows how Vladimir Putin’s policies on gays and environmentalists shows that he governs a weak, craven, squalid, small little country, not a great and mighty one.
LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld’s latest installment on the powerful and influential American Thinker blog exposes Russia’s latest neo-Soviet land grab, which this time takes place at sea. Just as Russia is seeking to grab portions of the Arctic Sea, it is simultaneously and for the same reason, control of oil resources, seeking to plunge its grimy mitts into the Sea of Okhotsk. Why grimy, you ask? Because as Kim shows Russia’s environmental record around the world is one of pollution and desecration, not protection and support which it falsely claims as a justification for its imperialism in Okhotsk.
LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld correctly predicted back in October 2012 that Putin’s Russia was headed for an economic tailspin. She has now published her fith installment on the mighty Pajamas Media megablog regarding the collapse of Putinomics.
Here are the links to the full series so far:
In Putin’s Russia, the average monthly wage is 30,000 rubles, or $917. That works out to $5.73 per hour and $11,000 per year.
In Obama’s America, the income below which a person is considered “poor” is $11,500.
That’s right: The poverty wage in the USA is higher than the average wage in Russia.
And don’t forget this: ”average” means than many Russians earn much less than $11,000 per year. In fact, since Russia is a nation famous for billionaires who skew the average, there are a lot more people earning less than a less elitist country might have. As we reported, for instance, the average wage in the city of Vyazma, Russia, is one third the national average.
The horrific bad news inundating Russia in recent days has been truly breathtaking.
First, Georgia’s new president Georgy Margvelashvili declared that it is his intention to pursue the same pro-Western course followed by the departed Mikheil Saakashvili, much despised by Russia for his pro-West policies. Just like Ukraine, Margvelashvili wants integration with the EU and NATO membership for Russia.
Then, Russia’s only doping laboratory was embroiled in a massive scandal just months before Russia is to host the 2014 Olympics, another devastatingly humiliating blow to Russia’s reputation.
And finally, yet another passenger airliner dropped out of the Russian skies, killing more than four dozen people. Reuters reported: ”IATA said last year that global airline safety had improved but that accident rates had risen in Russia.”
On top of all this, of course, Russia is facing a massive economic downturn, and the Kremlin’s own economic gurus have admitted that it won’t recover within the next decade.
Russians asked to be ruled by a totally unqualified KGB spy, and these are the rewards they reap for that decision.
A fascinating contrast is made by comparing a recent article by Kim Zigfeld on American Thinker with an article in the Guardian newspaper publishing correspondence between Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek.
Zigfeld presents Putin’s Russia’s latest national report card, as Russia’s grades come in from a wide variety of international ratings agencies and Russia, once again, flunks out. Russia is revealed as an ignorant backwater, wholly noncompetitive against the major nations of the world and routinely ranking outside the top 50 world nations, often much worse and near the bottom of the entire planet.
And Tolokonnikova is the exact opposite. She’s shown quoting Nietzsche and displaying remarkable literacy and philosophical thought, to say nothing of superhuman courage and fortitude.
No thinking person can read these two pieces and come away with any conclusion other than that Putin is an ignorant, illiterate, jack-booted thug who is seeking, the manner of Stalin, to liquidate the flower of Russia’s youth out of sheer jealousy. Though imprisoned, Tolokonnikova towers over Putin like a giant, he cowers before her like a craven dwarf.
Levada’s latest poll (Russian-language link) regarding Alexei Navalny is bad news almost beyond words. It is a political epitaph.
The stunning bottom line: only 9.7% of Russian citizens both know who Navalny is and would consider voting for members of his political party as candidates for the State Duma. An overwhelming 67% of Russians who know Navalny would not vote for his team.
But there is even worse news for Navalny: That 9.7% number is even smaller than it was one month ago. Then, 10.3% of Russian citizens both knew who Navalny was and would consider voting for his party. Navalny is getting weaker, not stronger, as his name recognition is growing. While 51% of Russians knew who Navalny was a month ago, 54% do now.
As for Navalny personally, just 16.2% of Russians both know who he is and have an opinion that is somehow positive about him. 10.8% of those who know him have an opinion that is somehow negative, while the overwhelming majority of Russians either have no idea who Navalny is or know and don’t care. 49% of those who know Navalny have no opinion about him.
Levada didn’t ask its respondents whether they would consider voting for Navalny personally, but that 9.7% who would vote for his party is almost the exact share of the Moscow electorate that Navalny collected when he ran for Mayor. It appears there is a glass ceiling over Navalny’s head around ten percent.
Navalny faces a whole new round of prosecutions by the Kremlin, and Putin has just upped the ante by actually seizing Navalny’s financial assets, the same thing that happened to Mikhail Khodorkovsky. This move will make it that much more difficult for Navalny to pay his lawyers and defend himself, and makes it clear that the Kremlin has Navalny firmly in its cross hairs. It’s equally clear that Navalny does not have the kind of political support in the population that might serve to protect him from the Kremlin’s attacks.