Vladimir “Just Call me Commie!” Putin
Like an envious underachiever, Vladimir V. Putin’s party, United Russia, is increasingly examining how it can emulate the Chinese Communist Party, especially its skill in shepherding China through the financial crisis relatively unbowed.
The New York Times, October 17th
You read that right: Proud KGB spy Vladimir Putin is openly proclaiming his desire to copy the governing strategies of the Chinese Communist Party. Meanwhile, ex-Commie bigwig Mikhail Gorbachev was scathingly condemning what he called a “mockery” of democracy in Russia’s most recent elections, which were a travesty even by Russia’s barbaric standards as we report below. Russia has sunk about as low is it can get.
How many people were there, we wonder, those Russopile bastards, telling us when Putin came to power that Russia could “never go back” to the dark days of Communism and totalitarian, one-party dictatorship, that it did not matter that Putin was a proud KGB spy because he had seen the light of Soviet failure and would not repeat those errors. They were, of course, lying to us, seeking to buy time for Putin to consolidate the very type of government they denied he was capable of building.
It’s hard to imagine a more emphatic declaration of Putin’s failure than that he wants to study the Chinese, that is unless you want to talk about giant French retailer Carrefour.
Having invested nearly $25 million four months ago in two massive Russian hypermarkets Thierry Garnier, executive director of Carrefour, the French version of Target, declared boldly: “We were waiting for the best moment to enter the market. We are in Russia for the long term.”
What a difference four months can make! Last week, Garnier announced the company was selling both Russian locations and fleeing the country, never to return.
So much for the “long term,” huh? First IKEA, now Carrefour.
In this debacle we see the reality of Russia laid bare. It’s a casino, and nothing more, where companies with some extra cash they don’t know what to do with plonk it down on the national roulette wheel to see what comes up. It’s irresistable, because it has a large number of people and a large amount of oil, which seems to imply a large market. But in fact, as we’ve said many times before, Russia isn’t like Saudi Arabia. It’s huge population, its corruption, and its frozen territory mean that the value of oil per capita in Russia is miniscule, far from being enough to let ordinary Russian shop at a place like Target, which for normal Russians has the same connotation of luxury and inaccessibility as Neiman Marcus would for an American.
And let’s be clear: Carrefour richly deserves its massive losses in the Russian market. Not for a second did this wretched firm ask itself whether, by entering the Russian market, it was contributing to the maintenance and legitimization of the Putin dictatorship. Just as various firms invested in the regime of Adolf Hitler, others are currently helping to prop of the demonic despotism of Vladimir Putin and his KGB hoards. We condemn each and every one of these monstrosities, from McDonalds to Coca-Cola, and we do not buy their products.
Instead, we roar with delighted laughter as we watch the Kremlin seize their assets, plunder their inventories and drive them into bankruptcy.