Radio Free Europe reports, via Reuters:
This just about says it all where Russia is concerned. Russia itself is incapable of generating enterprises which could compete with Gazprom because the Duma, supposedly an expression of the people's will, fully embraces the failed policies of Soviet totalitarianism. Of course, the idea of any foreign enterprise competing in Russia is viewed as being even more dangerous to national security. After the spectacular failure of communism, Russians have learned not one thing about the value of competition either from their own disastrous performance or from the trust-busting example of American history. Instead, Russians prefer to plunge down exactly the same failed, ignorant, paranoid path that led to the destruction of the USSR. That is, they prefer it if you believe that the Duma (which is supposed to mean "thinking place") is actually in any way a remotely democratic institution. If you don't, that means the Russians are sitting idly by watching the rise of dictatorship and the institution of policies they know are doomed.
La Russophobe finds it difficult to decide which alternative leads to a more gloomy prognosis for Russia.