Putinomics Continues to Grind Russia into Pulp

In Putin’s Russia, a dog’s life

The Putin economy continues its slide into oblivion.

Last year Russia set a horrifying new record for capital flight. Well over $80 billion fled Russia for foreign shores. Amazingly, in the first three-quarters of this year Russian capital flight is $1 billion more than it was during the same period last year.

Retail spending is also rapidly declining in Russia, and with it GDP has begun to drop as well.  Poor agricultural performance has led to soaring food prices, so Russians can’t afford as much consumer spending, and brutal new Kremlin taxes have begun to undermine their disposable income as well.  Automobile sales are dropping faster than expected, and polls show that two-thirds of Russians have no personal savings at all, so they are helpless in the face of economic crisis.

Even more bad news comes from Norway, which has begun serious efforts to push Russia’s leading economic engine, Gazrpom, out of the German market.  Germany is only too happy to oblige, as its Chancellor recently traveled to Russia and expressed German revulsion over the neo-Soviet state that Russia’s KGB dictator Vladimir Putin is building.  Putin’s response to the horrific pressure being placed on the central engine of the Russian economy has been the Soviet solution:  nationalization and centralization, a hopelessly doomed scheme from a desperate, incompetent leader.

A flood tide of recent reporting shows how corruption continues to ravage Putin’s Russia, with Vladimir Putin setting the national example by grabbing every asset he can get his hands on and building himself a network of personal palaces that would be the envy of the old Tsars themselves.

Putin himself admits that the Russian economy is headed for dire straits, and he is laying the groundwork to blame it on the country’s WTO admission, apparently hoping the public will forget he was its architect.

Putin is incapable of reform. He’s unqualified to do so, and even if he were qualified he is not motivated to change a system that provides him unchecked power for life.  As in Soviet times, Russia continues its march towards destruction.

Zigfeld Fires on Russia with Both Barrels

Over on the mighty American Thinker blog, La Russophobe founder and publisher Kim Zigfeld lays out the horrifying level of sheer brutality that Russian inflicts on its families, decimating itself from within and hastening the day of its downfall and collapse.

Firing with both barrels, Zigfeld’s latest column simultaneously appeared on Pajamas Media, where she analyzes Russia’s shocking breakdown in relations with Germany owing to its horrifying new crackdown on human rights, and compares it to the craven manner in which the U.S. administration is still coddling Russia with Chamberlainian appeasement.

Russian Miss Earth Blasts Horror of Russia

But my Russia — it is also my poor, long-suffering country, mercilessly torn to pieces by greedy, dishonest, unbelieving people. My Russia — it is a great artery, from which the “chosen” few people draining away its wealth. My Russia is a beggar. My Russia cannot help her elderly and orphans. From it, bleeding, like from sinking ship, engineers, doctors, teachers are fleeing, because they have nothing to live on. My Russia — it is an endless Caucasian war. These are the embittered brother nations who formerly spoke in the same language, and who now prohibit teaching of it in their schools. My Russia — it is a winner which has overthrown fascism but bought the victory at the expense of lives of millions of people. How, tell me, how and why does the nationalism prosper in this country? My dear, poor Russia.

— Russian Miss Earth Contestant Natalia Pereverzeva

The World is Turning Against Russia

“The Russians don’t qualify for the term ally or friend, I don’t think.”

That was German Constanze Stelzenmueller, a senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund, talking.

She was echoing how, in stunningly bold way, Germany has aggressively turned against Russia. It even published a brutal attack on the Kremlin by the son of Putin’s most hated personal foe, Mikhail Khodorkovsky.  Germany has decided Russian barbarism is so appalling it can no longer be tolerated politely.  It is leading Europe into open revolt against Russia, and not only on the human rights front but also, most crucially, on the energy front.

Meanwhile, in an even more shocking move, France recognized the legitimacy of the rebel forces in Syria and called for arming them, directly flouting Russian policy towards one of its last remaining allies in the Middle East.

Even the U.S. Congress is getting into the act.  Ignoring the agenda of Russia’s best buddy Barack Obama, Congress is pushing forward with the Magnitsky human rights bill, and Russia is screaming bloody murder.

Remember what happened when Russia invaded Georgia and annexed Ossetia and Abkhazia? Remember how not one single nation in Europe recognized the annexation, and how Europe has remained united on that point to this day?  Russia’s barbaric course has unified Europe in horror, and now Russia is going to take the consequences.