EDITORIAL: The Toxic Lies of Putinomics

EDITORIAL

The Toxic Lies of Putinomics

Writing in the Moscow Times last week, Anders Aslund pointed out just how very many utterly ridiculous lies were told by the Putin regime when it propounded it’s 2009 budget in November of last year, in the vortex of an economic crisis that was worsening by the day.

  • It said GDP would grow by 6%. Lie #1.  It now expects a 2% contraction.
  • It said there would be a 4% budget surplus. Lie #2. It now admits at least a 7% deficit.
  • It said the price of crude oil would be $95/barrel. Lie #3.  Now, it says the price will be just $40/barrel.
  • It said 25 rubles would buy one dollar.  Lie #4.  That became 33.
  • And it said, lie #5, that consumer price inflation would fall to 9%.  In fact, it will soar to 13%, or more.

In any normal country, a government caught in even one lie of this magnitude would be ridiculed and ridden out of town on a rail.  But Russia, of course, is not a normal country, and not even all five together are enough to raise an eyebrow among the rank and file of the citizenry.

The people of Russia, of course, get what they deserve. The impose no supervision on the Kremlin, and they do not call it to account when it fails.  Why should the Kremlin, then, care whether it fails or not? It would naturally only care about doing what is necessary to preserve itself in comfortable power, and if the people do not demand that their welfare be considered then of course it would not be.

No nation can be governed this way over the long haul, least of all a chicken-with-the-head-cut-off place like Russia.  As we’ve said many times before, Russia is simply repeating all the mistakes made by the USSR as if the collapse of that benighted wreck did not happen, or meant nothing.

15 responses to “EDITORIAL: The Toxic Lies of Putinomics

  1. I don’t think anyone actually took this “budget” seriously anyway.

  2. Hello Robert,

    If none were to take it seriously, then the Kremlin must be a comedic troupe offering up amusement for the nation with Putin as the lead clown.

    “Please, everyone laugh and smile at our failures and blunders. And now an Abba song.”

    What else would one expect from the Kremlin in times of such economic and social distress!

    Gary Marshall

  3. In all honesty, I dont think the Cronies at the Kremlin were actually purposely lying about these economic figures. I think it was more to do with them being such utter incompetent imbeciles that they actually believed it would be the case.

    Anyone with a spec of economic accumen could see that those figures were not based anywhere near reality…hmmm says alot about the ‘masterminds’ at the Kremlin.

    God only knows how they manage to dress themselves in the morning.

  4. Феофан Лубянский

    очередная хренотень.

    “But Russia, of course, is not a normal country”
    В самом деле, это аксиома. Доказательства ненормальности, естественно, не требуются. ))) Россия страна ненормальная, дикая, холодная, медведи с балалайками…)) В общем, это мнение авторитеного специалиста-русофоба. )))

    “The people of Russia, of course, get what they deserve”
    Ну так оставьте их в покое! Чего привязались? Вам-то какое дело? Почему вас заботит судьба “ненормальной страны”, а?
    ________

    Dear Robert,

    “If none were to take it seriously, then the Kremlin must be a comedic troupe offering up amusement for the nation with Putin as the lead clown”
    Good Morning, Robert! В Кремле работает президент, а Путин уже около года как не является президентом. Что вас на Путине зациклило-то…. Такие вещи пора уже запоминать, в противном же случае смеяться будут уже над Вами и Вашими глубокими познаниями в данных областях.)))

    “… in times of such economic and social distress”
    Ужас, просто ужас! Вы даже не представляете, как все плохо. Русские от голода грызут кору на деревьях, многим приходится убивать и употреблять в пищу медведей, которых они раньше использовали в качестве домашних животных. Вы только представьте себе, какое страшное бедствие!

    В общем, полная чушь…

  5. Феофан Лубянский

    Oh, I`m sorry. I wrote this comment for Gary Marshall, but not for Robert.

    • Thats alright Theophan, its not your fault you are an idiot.

      It is however your fault you are one of Putins lickspittles.

      You shame a great Saints name.

      • Феофан Лубянский

        “Thats alright Theophan, its not your fault you are an idiot.”
        Dear Andrew!
        I didn`t called You an idiot. Please be a polite.
        If I am an idiot why You are talking with me?

        “It is however your fault you are one of Putins lickspittles”
        If You do not agree with me it is your business, but You can`t decide what are good or bad solutions for me.
        If I`d be a Putins supporter (not a lickspittle) it is not my fault. It would be a my personal desicion.

        And why do You think that I am a Putins lickspittle or supporter? I didn`t say I like Putin or I voted for Putin in 2000/2004. Please, look at my previous comment once again.
        In Russian is an expression “If You want to say something You should think before” I hope You`ll understand it

        P.S. Sorry for my bad English.
        But I think biggest part of visitors understand Russian very good…)))
        In know, there are a lot of former Russians residents… ))))))

  6. Not only former RaSSian residents are reading this. The former residents from “Rassian Zone of Influence and Pestilence. Your Logic tells us you can’t be bothered to use translation software, and edit, your opinions. Your posts are garbaged as you persist. Your lack of even a general Mockal education. Nothing so urgent that can’t be edited quickly into an English language Post. Continued use of RaSSiian third world language here is not impressive. You are just another Troll making it easy for himself. Instead try some Sovokian Outpost like Armenia that accepted the Russian Army base kicked out of Georgia. Or some country that enjoys Russian sounding language. If you can even name one. http://uk.babelfish.yahoo.com/translate_txt

    • Феофан Лубянский

      Слушайте, George.
      Я буду писать по-русски. Что-то мне подсказывает, что вы, хоть чуть-чуть, но понимаете язык этих ужасных русских.))))

      “Not only former RaSSian residents are reading this. The former residents from “Rassian Zone of Influence and Pestilence”
      Боже мой, сколько злости, сколько ненависти… Нехорошо)))

      “Your posts are garbaged as you persist. Your lack of even a general Mockal education.”
      Ну если Вы такой образованный, умный, а самое главное “демократичный”, зачем тогда оскорбляете?
      Или это одна из основных западных ценностей- осокорблять всех, кто с Вами несогласен? Хм, очень интересно )))))

      “Continued use of RaSSiian third world language here is not impressive”
      Я считаю, что каждый уважающий себя русофоб должен знать язык своего врага.

      “Instead try some Sovokian Outpost like Armenia…”
      Вообще-то “Sovok” не существует уже более 15 лет. А вы не знали?)))

      И опять ничего по существу я не услышал, одна злоба…

      Послушайте, George.
      Вам нужно немного успокоится. Ваша злость вряд ли уничтожит Россию, зато может повредить Вашему же душевному здоровью. Это Вам любой врач скажет.
      Для успокоения советую Вам купить карту России, повесить ее на стену и плеваться в нее по три раза в день. Вам сразу же станет легче, поверьте мне.)))

  7. Hello Theophan,

    Sorry, I do not read or write Russian. I have some experience with ancient Greek, but never moved into Russian.

    If you or someone would translate your response, I shall be only too happy to answer you.

    Gary Marshall

    • Феофан Лубянский

      Hello, Gary Marshall

      OK, I`ll try to translate some phrases from my previous post.

      “If none were to take it seriously, then the Kremlin must be a comedic troupe offering up amusement for the nation with Putin as the lead clown”
      Putin doesn`t live or work in Kremlin. In Kremlin works Russian president, but today Putin is not a president.
      If You want to become a real russophobe, you must know it. Otherwise You will become a clown and everyone will laugh at You))))

      “… in times of such economic and social distress”
      There are no economic and social distress in Russia. There are some economic problems. The same problems are in another countries too. But I didn`t no about distress in Russia. )))
      Very interesting situation- russians don`t know about russian distress but people from another counties know about it… What do You know else about Russia?)))

  8. What does it matter where Putin’s deck is, get real, he hasn’t been promoted to janitor. Just WHO do you think runs the country?

    There are no economic and social distress in Russia. There are some economic problems.

    Maybe if you read what you write you wouldn’t come off as such an idiot. Hint: there is a glaring contradiction in those two sentences, let’s see if you can find it.

    • Distress does appear to imply extraordinary or reasonably serious troubles. Some problems do appear to imply troubles of a lesser order. I can’t find any inherent contradiction in those two sentences. Theophan’s English is not in error as far as I can see and he’s not native to it unlike many of us here. With regard to his opinion that there is no economic distress in Russia bear in mind he’s probably using Russian historical and cultural standards and not ours which is not surprising.

  9. Hello Theophan,

    Oh, but I do know it.

    You must read more carefully. I said Putin is the lead clown. He may not be the titular President, but he certainly is the veritable leader of this atrocious gong show in the Kremlin.

    Yes, Russia has some small economic problems that have sent the stock markets to small fractions, the Rouble off a cliff, interest rates and inflation rates skyward, wage arrears and employment holidays and unemployment soaring, industrial production flagging, Putin with his cap in hand to western bankers and to China of all places, courageous protestors to the streets in the despotic nightmare that Russia is.

    How isolated it is without friends in the world and even in its own neighborhood! Just a tired decrepit tyranny quickly collapsing under its own besotted weight.

    Small problems one and all.

    Obviously, you must be one of those persons that either does not live in Russia, or your obstinate or mercenary nature accepts eagerly what it is told, like all good Russophiles.

    What type of business are you in that so protects you from the misfortunes befalling your fellow Russians?

    Gary Marshall

  10. Thanks Gary for that one. I truly enjoyed your commentary. If it, RaSSiyah can’t stand ridicule, it will not stand at all. Especially by itself as, the subject of opprobrium. Theopan is not really a good translator anyway. Too much hostility for good reasoning. Probably worried about his Mammy RaSSiyah and Uncle Putking too much.

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