Category Archives: Russia

A dying empire

Revolts of 2019: Another 1989?

Back in the revolutionary year of 1989, Chinese students demonstrated for freedom in Tiananmen Square, the Berlin Wall fell to the blows of sledge-hammers wielded by ordinary people, and across Eastern Europe millions of thralls of the Warsaw Pact asserted … Continue reading

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HIV Spread by Heterosexual Contact Shockingly High

Heterosexual contact is less risky per sex act than male homosexual contact, but in some places heterosexual sex is the most common means of HIV transmission. This has been true in some African countries — where prevalence of HIV can … Continue reading

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The Chinese Influx Into Asian Russia

China increases its control over Siberian resources under Putin’s nose. The Russian people are unhappy about what is happening. “For Siberians, there are two things that are like a red rag to a bull,” Svetlana Pavlova, chief editor of the … Continue reading

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Putin Won’t Leave So Russia’s Best Have To

100,000 of Russia’s Best Leave the Country Yearly There are too few skilled and independent-minded Russian people to begin with. If the economic and political climate under Putin remains dismal, more good people will leave — and Russia’s future will … Continue reading

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Brief Note on Russia’s Dog Days

The Russian economy has been in the doldrums, for very good reason. And a top Russian official says that Russia may explode if things do not get better. Russians are starting to feel a bit rowdy, and are beginning to … Continue reading

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China and Russia: Desperately Seeking Hegemony

Guest Article by Edward Lucas from the Center for European Policy Analysis The Toxic Twenty Revisited Russia and China are both engaged in an undeclared war on the West. They are not allies, but they cooperate. Their arsenals are different, … Continue reading

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Nations Ranked per capita GDP 2019

GDP is not the best measure of a nation’s wealth, since the nation that deliberately demolishes a building for no good reason then rebuilds it, will be assigned more points toward its GDP than a nation that simply builds a … Continue reading

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Putin’s Worries Deepen

Russia’s military is not what it should be if Putin wants to project an image of global power. Mr. Putin is worried that Russia is weak, and getting weaker. The picture that emerges is that Russia’s armed forces are not … Continue reading

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Putin’s Legacy: An Infrastructure Like No Other

Russian Infrastructure #1: Transportation The recent construction of the Kerch Bridge between Russia and Crimea highlights the condition of Russian transportation infrastructure. The national web of roads, railways and airways stretches almost 7,700 km (4,800 mi) from Kaliningrad in the … Continue reading

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China is Riding the Storm Better than Russia

China’s Economic Slump Less Dangerous Than Russia’s Like the United States after the Great Financial Crisis in 2008, a Chinese financial crisis will lead to a nasty recession but not an economic collapse. GDP growth will likely recover after a … Continue reading

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Who Will Help Russia Build Better?

Russia needs a lot of good men and good weapons to defend its vast and porous borders. Russia is falling behind on both. Who will help Russia to build more and better young men and weapons? Russia’s New Weapons Do … Continue reading

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Russia: Who Will Pick Up the Pieces?

Nature abhors a vacuum, and a country that occupies 11% of the planetary mass while producing roughly 1.2% of its GDP is the very definition of vacuum. __ Source If current trends continue, Yury Krupnov says, Russians will be condemned … Continue reading

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Why Do Blacks Destroy Almost Everything They Inherit?

Is it really true that African blacks leave a trail of violence, poverty, and destruction wherever in the world they go? And if it is true, why? … no one will talk about the painful fact that most African and … Continue reading

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Russian Exports We Could Do Without

Rockets and Poisons Ten days ago, the Kremlin leader sought to frighten the West with his new “super weapons” and his preparedness for nuclear war, Eidman says. Now, he “is frightening it with a mass poisoning in the center of … Continue reading

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Russia: The Good News and the Bad News

First the good news for Russia: Thanks to Russia’s vast natural resources, the Russian government has managed to punch well above its weight class when it comes to out-of-country military adventurism and in-country weapons systems development. In its “near abroad,” … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy Skyrockets, and Other Little Heard News

Unfortunately for Renewables, The Rocket Was Heading Down! We have spent the last two centuries getting off renewables because they were mostly weak, costly and unreliable. __ Limits to Artificial Energy For over 200 years, humans have been trying to … Continue reading

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How Long Does It Take to Grow a 20 Year Old in Russia?

Needed: Millions of 20 Somethings Russia is losing a million working age adults a year due to low numbers of young people entering the workforce, and high numbers of the aged leaving. Witness the cascading dropoffs in the Russian demographic … Continue reading

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Robert D. Kaplan on the Russia – China Rivalry

Savvy geographer and writer Robert D. Kaplan has had his eyes on developments in Central Asia since he published his influential essay and book, The Coming Anarchy, in the middle 1990s. Since that time a quiet but intense rivalry in … Continue reading

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Mr. Putin’s Russia, Today

Turning Russia’s Neighbors into Enemies? Putin has succeeded where centuries of Ukrainian nationalists failed: he has created a strong sense of [Ukrainian] national identity—and he has imbued it with deep anti-Russian sentiment. After Russia’s seizure of Crimea and some 10,000 … Continue reading

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Putin Asks “How Long Until They Eat Us?”

The New Look of the Human Apocalypse Vladimir Putin: “How Long Until They Eat Us?” Vladimir Putin has expressed his fears over artificial intelligence by asking Russia’s largest technology firm how long it will be until smart robots ‘eat us’. … Continue reading

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What is Happening Behind the Scenes in Russia?

In the US, fake news rules the networks – papers – most websites. Important news is more often neglected as a result. And one can certainly not believe official Kremlin-approved news outlets. Other than occasional uncensored glimpses behind the scenes, … Continue reading

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The 3 Empires of the 21st Century

Just over 100 years ago at the dawn of the 20th century, the world was awash in empires. Once strong empires such as the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the Tsarist Russian Empire, The British Empire, The German Empire, The … Continue reading

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Russia: Saving the Country; Losing the Empire

Things can get messy when an empire devolves and fragments, as they always do. It has been a traumatic 100 years for Russia, and it looks like it may get a lot worse. The Rise of the Russian Empire and … Continue reading

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China Road to World Domination Hits Snags

… it’s almost certain that the amount of money that makes its way into Belt-and-Road projects will be significantly lower than advertised. Grand in ambition but short on details, Xi’s sweeping initiative may be better thought of as a “philosophy” … Continue reading

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Good, Bad, and Ugly in Putin’s Russia

Incomes are up, but only because government workers’ wages are rising so fast. Bank deposits and the national reserve fund are at their lowest. “… missile factories are almost at a standstill because of shortages of parts and problems with … Continue reading

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