Neo-Soviet Russia is rapidly taking on all the critical aspects of communism under the rule of Vladimir Putin, just as we’ve always said would happen as soon as the national economy began to founder on the shoals of reality. All those Russophile pieces of filth who claimed Russia could “never go back” to communism have been proved to be the ridiculous liars they are, just as they were lying when they said Russia could never again embrace authoritarian dictatorship.
Of course, if you look at it one way, the Russophile maggots were right: It could easily be argued that Russia “never went back” to communism because it never left in the first place. The proud KGB spy who rules the country knows only one way to live, so he is reconstructing it at breakneck speed, and the country has never been ruled by someone who wasn’t part of the Soviet apparatus. So really what we are seeing now is just the illusion of democracy and capitalism being stripped away before our eyes.
The government is barging into the stock markets like a bull in a china shop, and snapping up all the nation’s vital equities, assuming a positon of ownership just like that of the USSR. The capitalist market system has been obliterated, quite literally, as the stock market is simply shut down over and over whenever it doesn’t choose to behave as its neo-Soviet overlords in the Kremlin demand.
Last week the Moscow Times reported that the government was ordering oil companies to drop their prices on gasoline at the pump, as is happening in other countries as the price of crude oil plummets. Igor Artemyev of the Federal Monopoly Service stated: “Oil companies can lower prices now, of their own free will, or they can do so after we initiate legal proceedings.”
But Russian oil companies aren’t like those in other countries. As Boris Nemtsov has shown, they have had their profits stripped away by massive government taxes and squandered on cold war politics rather than investment. They simply can’t afford to pass on lower costs, and the Kremlins orders that they do so are fully communistic in nature and amount to economic suicide for the nation.
The “command and control” is being brought back just as in Soviet times, and the Soviet level of breathtaking failure is coming right along for the horrifying ride too.
The MT reported:
Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin warned last month that the 2009 federal budget would have a deficit if the country’s main export blend dropped below $70. The State Duma will consider the three-year budget in a key second reading Friday. Urals for delivery Nov. 8 was trading at $69.35 on Thursday evening, the lowest level in more than a year and a drop of 2.2 percent from a day earlier. Spot prices for the blend broke through the $70 mark Wednesday.
The decline in Russian oil stocks was led by No. 2 producer LUKoil, which finished down 16 percent. Its shares have lost more than 68 percent since May. Other major drops in the sector were registered by Gazprom Neft, which fell 17 percent, and regional producer Tatneft, which lost more than 20 percent. Gazprom saw its market capitalization fall below $100 billion for the first time in three years as its shares lost 14 percent. It was worth 2.48 trillion rubles ($94.3 billion) on the MICEX.
The Russian economy is under massive pressure from all sides. It has been exposed before the world, as we’ve always said, as the helpless slave of international market prices on crude oil, the Kremlin having totally failed to develop the real economy, preferring instead to fund a new cold war confrontation with the United States. The more pressure Putin’s failure puts on the the standard of living, the more he will move towards authoritarian control of the the economy to keep the lid on his power.
This isn’t to begin to discuss, of course, the draconian crackdowns on civil society, including the mass media, which prevents Russians from learning the true facts about their government’s behavior and even denies them basic access to the Internet. It doesn’t mention the sympbolism, such as Putin’s systemmatic and pathological rehabiliatation of Stalin and his revival of the Soviet national anthem, which played for Russia at the last Olympic games. It doesn’t mention that fact that the Kremlin’s halls of power are full of KGB spies just like Putin, whose lives are totally dominated by communist gibberish.
Meanwhile, like the laughable sheep they are, the people of Russia continue to favor both Putin and his flunkie Dima Medevedev with 75% approval ratings or higher. In any normal country, such levels of truly pathological failure would cause the population to reconsider its leadership — but just as in the communist USSR, it doesn’t happen in Russia.