Postcards from the Russian Wasteland
Russia came stone cold last in terms of enrolling children at a new school and establishing finances. Its healthcare system was ranked 25th and commuting experience at 23rd, with an overall placing of 24th out of the 26 countries surveyed. The ranking was also hampered by poor scores in utility set-up (25th) and ease of finding an apartment (23rd). Russia did manage to beat out India and Qatar which came 25th and 26th respectively. The poll was topped by Canada, Australia and Thailand.
Ouch. And the expat community brutally condemned every aspect of Russian life even though they have the highest per capita earnings of all the surveyed countries! Just imagine what they would have said if that weren’t the case.
Time after time in Russia, international ratings reveal the country to be a crude, backwards third-world state, unworthy of comparison to even the least of the civilized nations of the West. Instead of demanding reform, all Russians can ever do when faced with these undeniable facts is to deny them, in the Soviet manner, heedlessly indifferent to how ridiculous they may look doing so in Western eyes.
There is an old joke from Soviet times about an America complaining to a Russian hotel desk clerk about the shockingly poor quality of services on offer. The clerk responds: “Yes, but you lynch blacks.” The irony is intense. Not only is Russia still practicing this suicidal refusal to reform, but these days Russia lynches far more blacks than America does, and it is ignoring that problem too.