Over on the massive Pajamas Media megablog, Kim Zigfeld reviews recent economic data from Russia which shows the country on the verge of a major financial meltdown. Who can be surprised by this, when Russians blithely hand unlimited power for life to a proud KGB spy with no hint of business or economics training or acumen, who plagiarized his way to a university degree and spent his career being a thief and a thug?
Putin earns $120,000 per year, while the average Russian earns $8,000. So Putin’s salary is fifteen times the Russian average. Barack Obama earns $400,000 while the average American earns $46,000. So the disparity between presidential and popular income in Russia is nearly double what it is in the U.S. Americans earn nearly six times more than Russians, yet they bear half the burden Russians do in compensating their chief executive. And that’s to say nothing of Russia’s infamous corruption, of course, which makes Putin and his administration far more expensive still.