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.