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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Happy Places and Sad Places

Here's more evidence of the total failure of Vladimir Putin's government, and Russia in general, this time from the United Nations.

La Russophobe
has already documented Russia's disastrous recent prerformance when evaluted by such diverse authorities as Freedom House, Transparancy International, the World Bank, the Foreign Policy journal, the Center for Development, Human Rights Watch and the European Union (see the sidebar entry "Reviewing Russia" for links to all these reports and more). Every time, Russia's scores represent total failure. Now, the UN adds its voice to the ch0rus:

In the latest Human Development Index published by the United Nations, the U.S. rose two places to #8 in the world on the survey of most desirable places to live in the world (and remember, the US isn't exactly the flavor of the month in the UN). Norway was #1. Niger, whose scores on many international surveys for corruption and democracy are similar to that of Russia, was listed as the very least desirable place to live in the world.

How about Russia? It ranks in the top 20 nations in the world in terms of nominal GDP (although the individual American states of California, New York and Texas each have higher GDP's than Russia as a country) but when it comes to building a nation with that GDP it fails utterly, and ranks only #65 according to the study, outside the top third of all countries under review and only two places ahead of nighmarish Belarus. Bulgaria, Malaysia and Cuba are all ranked ahead of Russia. Russia fell three places from #62 in last year's study. Now think about this: Russia is one of the world's leading exporters of oil and gas. Can you imagine what the living conditions in Russia would be if it wasn't? Scary thought, isn't it?

Meanwhile, just as in Soviet times, Russia continues a massive military buildup (universal conscription, spending increases of 25% every year on the military, matching the US in share of GDP devoted to the military) while ignoring the daily needs of the population. How can Russians, then, expect this government to meet a fate any different than that of the USSR?

Top 20 countries to live in [2006]: 1. Norway (=) 2. Iceland (=) 3. Australia (=) 4. Ireland (↑ 4) 5. Sweden (↑ 1) 6. Canada (↓ 1) 7. Japan (↑ 4) 8. United States (↑ 2) 9. Switzerland (↓ 2) 10. Netherlands (↑ 2) 11. Finland (↑ 2) 12. Luxembourg (↓ 8) 13. Belgium (↓ 4) 14. Austria (↑ 3) 15. Denmark (↓ 1) 16. France (=) 17. Italy (↑ 1) 18. United Kingdom (↓ 3) 19. Spain (↑ 2) 20. New Zealand (↓ 1)


8 comments:

penny said...

Russia is a rotten investment, bouyed by oil and gas money for now, but, it can't attract capital to keep that going into the future. Rotting in Siberia is one of the few intelligent entreprenuers that understood that, Khordorkovsky, whom Putin will probably kill in due time.

It will be interesting to see if the sheeple will hand this KGB lackey a third term. Ivan gets his daily bread, a civil society with a free press and fair courts can wait another 70 years. What fools.

17 ugly raccoons said...

My, what an inferiority complex... You are really unhappy person, aren't you?

La Russophobe said...

UGLY: Did Solzhenitsyn also have an "inferiority complex"? And Akhmatova too? And Pushkin, was that why Russia killed him? And how about you? If you can't even manage to congratulate America on it's wonderful achievement, perhaps you are next on the hit list?

17 ugly raccoons said...

Solzh - yes, he had it and he has it. There were some post-Soviet researches about his REAL biography, not cr@p you Western happy swallowing... heheh. Do you know how many men he gave up to NKVD and they got sentences? Do you know he was an informer in the camp?

Akhmatova and this Nazi with price tag instead of nickname - quite different persons.

Pushkin was killed by French on the duel... go learn something.

If you can't even manage to congratulate America on it's wonderful achievement

Why should I? I don't care about US (about America too) in slightest.

perhaps you are next on the hit list?

Do you believe that?

La Russophobe said...

UGLY: The duel was rigged by the monarchy when Pushkin started making friends with the Decembrists and criticizing the government.

Well, if Solzhenitsyn had a complex when he was writing Gulag Archipelago, then I'm quite sure Penny and I are happy and proud to have one as well. Looks like the only ones withoout a complex are Russophile maniacs who are destroying Russia. Figures.

17 ugly raccoons said...

The duel was rigged by the monarchy when Pushkin started making friends with the Decembrists and criticizing the government.

Decembrist mutiny was one-day upheaval in 1825. Pushkin died in 1837. Duel in that time couldn't be rigged, I know you know nothing about dueling code used in these times in Russia... whole story about rigged duel invented by Communists, btw. Well, LR, I supposedly should laugh, but I pity you.

Well, if Solzhenitsyn had a complex when he was writing Gulag Archipelago, then I'm quite sure Penny and I are happy and proud to have one as well.

So we agreed. You and Penny have deep complex of inferiority and trying to compensate it by spreading any information you find which puts Russia and Russians in bad light regardless whether it is truth or lie. Oh, and you are proud and happy with it.

La Russophobe said...

UGLY:

You are an illiterate moron. Lermontov wrote a poem about how the duel was rigged, and then Russia killed him too.

Cowardly Russians stood by and watched as Pushkin and Lermontov were killed and while Dostoevsky and Solzhenitsyn were sent to the camps. They didn't lift finger to help them, and nothing has changed since then. That is why Russia has come now to the last of its days.

17 ugly raccoons said...

Lermontov wrote a poem about how the duel was rigged, and then Russia killed him too.

Did you even read it ('On the death of poet')? Where is statement duel was dishonest? LR, don't try to look more idiotic than you really are.

And Lermontov died on the duel too.

I understood from you words that conceptions of honor and dignity are alien for your kind. Interfering with duel (even to 'save' someone important) is dishonorable.

Cowardly Russians stood by and watched as Pushkin and Lermontov were killed and while Dostoevsky and Solzhenitsyn were sent to the camps

There weren't 'camps' when Dostoevsky (who despised West, btw) was sentenced. And you obviously dob't know history of Solzh. So your accusations are foolish.

They didn't lift finger to help them,

OK, your call. How Russians should've been of help to Solzh when he was sent 'to the camps'? Please, give me detailed list of actions (of course you are too insignificant to demand something from Russians but it will be fun to read anyway). Show full depth of your blind ignorance in Russian history and Russian realities.

That is why Russia has come now to the last of its days.

Why I have a feeling these words will sound again and again thousands and tens of thousands years after this day? And everyone who repeat these words will believe in these, and when he\she will be asked 'you know what was United States?' there will be honest answer 'No, I have no idea, but this time Russia surely perish!'