10 2 mins 13 yrs

Interesting to see that over in Russia subordinates have begun openly to defy Putin, a man whose diktat has inspired fear and awe in the echelons of power for nine years, according to government sources. Meanwhile a rift is emerging between Mr Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev, the figurehead whom he groomed as his supposedly pliant successor.

As Russia’s economy begins to implode after years of energy-driven growth, Mr Putin is facing the germs of an unexpected power struggle which could hamper his ambition to project Russian might abroad. Mounting job losses and a collapse in the price of commodities have triggered social unrest on a scale not seen for at least four years, prompting panic among Kremlin officials more accustomed to the political apathy of the Russian people. The unease was deepened yesterday after thousands of protestors marched through the Pacific port city of Vladivostok and other cities, including Moscow, demanding Mr Putin’s resignation for his handling of the flailing Russian economy.

Russia is a demographic basket-case and the impact of the economic recession may well accelerate the fall of the Russian bear and Czar Putin.

Click to rate this post!
[Total: 0 Average: 0]


  1. And anyone who has seen Russia Today TV will know just how far from reality the Putin regime has become. That might have worked in the past but with access to other sources of information that pesky freedom bug has got a hold. It could get nasty though.

    Also, it seems that OPEC has been keeping oil prices down to a level that will undermine Putin and Chavez’s dreams of world domination.

  2. Medvedev may have a heartattack soon, and of course to maintain stability Putin will of course assume the official reigns of power

  3. At the Davos meetings, Michael Dell of the computer company asked Putin what the west could do to help Russia. Putin angrily responded that Russia needs no help on anything.

    As said before, Russia is a huge country that does not manufacture or design much of anything that the world wants or needs. They keep the system going by selling raw materials.

    That’s not something to be proud of, Mr. Putin.

  4. >>Meanwhile a rift is emerging between Mr Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev, the figurehead whom he groomed as his supposedly pliant successor<<

    This will be interesting to watch. I often wondered if/when cracks would begin to emerge in that relationship.

  5. Not strictly true, Phantom.
    The West just does not get to see much of it because of tariffs.
    They make a very great range of high class Optics, from microscopes to cameras and binoculars.
    I bought one of their astral telescopes some years ago.
    I admit though, communism has’nt exactly been helpful towards innovation, and much of their classy heavy industry was thieved from Germany after WW2.

  6. Tariffs?

    I don’t know. I ( and everyone here ) probably has a house filled with products from nearly every Asian country for example. Tariffs didn’t keep that stuff out.

    Apart from Stoly vodka, I don’t think that I have once seen a Russian product for sale.

    I don’t think that the reason is tariffs – I doubt that Russian goods face tariffs that say the Asian countries would not also face.

    Pretty much all the new cameras bought now would be digital – do the Russians even make them?

    Their problem is that they’re too rich and too proud to be considered a developing country, and too unstable and corrupt to be a country that any sane person would want to invest in.

  7. You’re very hard on the Ruskies, Phantom.

    "I don’t think that I have once seen a Russian product".

    On any clear night, just about anyone on earth can see a ‘Russian product’; the Mere space station.

  8. I actually like the Russkies that I see in Brooklyn, and there are a number of them here.

    I had my hair cut by one yesterday morning.

    But the country’s been broken since 1917 or before and it’s not getting fixed anytime soon I fear.

    The space station is good fun, but they should have followed the Japanese and Koreans and Germans and Americans and learned how to make and design stuff that people in other countries want to buy.

    The space station is an expense.

    With their educated population, they should have huge export industries. But they don’t have anything like that.

    The men drink themselves to death, and Putin responds to a kind comment by Michael Dell by biting his head off.

  9. Russia’s geography is of great interest to a certain project – Europe on one side and Japan/Korea on the other and all those minerals and ores in the middle.

  10. Allan

    Do not forget China. Don’t think that they don’t want to own Siberia some century.

    It was only through a fluke of history that Siberia ever became Russian. China was sleeping then. It’s not sleeping now, and the men of Russia are drinking themselves to death.

Comments are closed.