Category Archives: Russian Oil Curse

Obama is a Clown, But He Will Be Replaced

Why Russia and China Miscalculated their Dual Power Plays In the US, a president’s powers are limited, and he is sure to be replaced every 4 or 8 years. This prevents one person from becoming a “dictator for life,” such … Continue reading

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The Land of Unwanted Babies and Nuclear Proliferation

Baby Disposal Boxes to be Provided to Mothers of Unwanted Babies Child abuse in Russia is routine. Russian streets are overflowing with unwanted “street children,” and the Russian orphanage system is a global disgrace. The “official” number of abortions performed … Continue reading

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China Moving to Gain Control of Russia’s Oil & Gas Fields, Weapons Systems

Update: RIP Nemtsov China’s New Lease on Russia To become a superpower, China will need the energy resources and natural resources of its neighbor, Russia. It appears that China will soon get what it wants, as Russia moves to change … Continue reading

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By His Own Shackles Bound

Putting all your honey in one jar is something no wise bear would ever do. By the same token, wise bears don’t shit where they eat. Perhaps this bear is not so wise after all. As the bear grows hungry … Continue reading

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What Comes After the Collapse of Putin’s Russia?

According to respected blogger Brian Wang, Russia is close to collapse… Putin’s Russia, that is. More Brian points to a Wall Street Journal article which weighs Russia’s problems with debt and over-dependency on commodities, against Russia’s assets (in the light … Continue reading

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Addiction to Oil Profits is Choking the Life Out of Russkiye

… in Russia, the oil price problems have become entangled with the ruble that has been falling from record low to record low. There are many losers when a currency gets smashed. __Russias Probable Default … at least 1 percent … Continue reading

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Incredible Shrinking Russia

The Incredible Shrinking Russian Army … the Russian military is seen as a crippled institution and one not likely to get better any time soon. With so many of the troops now one year conscripts, an increasing number of the … Continue reading

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Chumps & Dupes Believe In Putin’s “Heroic Narrative”

Update: Putin’s Useful Idiots It takes a true chump to swallow the heroic narrative of Putin as the saviour of Russia. If Putin was the heroic cause of Russia’s recovery since 1998, then there must have been a Putin in … Continue reading

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Russia in 2014: Recapitulating 1914?

In 1914, the world was dominated by great and belligerent empires, including the British Empire, the Tsarist Russian Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the powerful Prussian dynasty. The situation was unstable, so that triggering World War I … Continue reading

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Begging for Technology: Why Russia is Lost Without Foreign Expertise

Russia faces a dilemma: it still needs Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), Halliburton Co. (HAL) and BP Plc (BP/) to maintain output from Soviet-era oil fields and develop Arctic and shale reserves. Russia will require Western companies to provide the modern … Continue reading

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Russian Oil Curse Part II

Putin has relied upon the inherited wealth of the hydrocarbon sector to circumvent change and shore up his power. His fortunes are now tied to oil and gas more than ever before, despite the fact that Russia is quickly running … Continue reading

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Would Russia still be Russia Without Siberia?

Siberia’s population is disappearing. In a generation, if current trends continue, the vast land—one and a half times the size of China—will have fewer inhabitants than Moscow or St. Petersburg. _Shrinking Siberia More Massive oil and gas profits allow the … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia vs. Russia: Impact of a $75 bbl Oil Price

Over the next five years, the effects of the global oil-and-gas boom should prove a grim object lesson for the Russian economy on the downside of the “resource curse.” Russia’s economy “largely depends on energy exports,” according to a study … Continue reading

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Russia’s Oil Curse, Militant Aggressiveness, and Worsening Prognosis Under Putin

More: A dissident Russian view of Putin’s aggressive weakness in the Ukraine The Russian military’s move into parts of the Ukraine, including Crimea, has international news media and diplomatic channels buzzing. But no one who has been paying attention is … Continue reading

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