Greedy, Heartless Russians
UK — 0.43%
France — 0.39%
Germany — 0.38%
Japan — 0.18%
USA – 0.18%
Those are the percentages of gross national income (GNI) donated by the five named countries to their poorer fellow nations in 2008. Judged in strict dollar terms the USA was the leader, handing over $25 billion to the impoverished “third world,” twice as much as its nearest rival, Germany.
Care to guess Russia’ s figure?
In 2008, Russia donated a mere 0.05% of GNI to the third world — three times less as a share of GNI than the USA and, at a paltry $800 million, more than twenty-five times less in dollar terms even though the USA has just twice Russia’s population. Pound for pound, each American gives over twelve times more to international charity and world betterment than each Russian. And don’t forget: Russia itself claims to be qualified not only for membership on the UN Security Council but also on the G-8 panel of prosperous democracies.
In other words, Russians just don’t give a damn.
We feel this data provides a remarkably telling counterpoint to the information we provide today in our special issue devoted to Russian human rights atrocities in the Caucasus region. The data makes it perfectly clear that Russia’s barbarism in Ingushetia and Chechnya is merely the reflection of a far wider Russian hostility to the outside world, something that will surprise few who have experienced Russian xenophobia.
In other words, the people of Russia are deeply complict in that barbarism, and need to be called to account for it. They must learn that their relentless hatred of the outside world has only brought them shame and disgrace, depravity and failure, and driven their nation again and again to collapse.
Only when Russians realize that they are part of the global community and accountable to its standards will Russia have any hope for a civilized, prosperous future.