Monday, February 02, 2015

Peculiarities of Russian National Character

Quite lengthy, yet cognitive article by Dmitry Orlov, born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) in 1962 and since 1974 residing in the USA. There are some cliches and simplifications, but it really worth reading to better understand us Russians as a people and nation.
Some people have been drawing comparisons between the period we are in now and the last time oil prices dropped—all the way to $10/barrel—in some measure precipitating the Soviet collapse. But this analogy is false. At the time, the Soviet Union was economically stagnant and dependent on western credit to secure grain imports, without which it wouldn't have been able to raise enough livestock to feed its population. It was led by the feckless and malleable Gorbachev—an appeaser, a capitulator, and a world-class windbag whose wife loved to go shopping in London. The Russian people despised him and referred to him as “Mishka the Marked,” thanks to his birthmark. And now Russia is resurgent, is one of the world's largest grain exporters, and is being led by the defiant and implacable President Putin who enjoys an approval rating of over 80%. In comparing pre-collapse USSR to Russia today, commentators and analysts showcase their ignorance.
Here it is, in his blogspot blog.

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