EDITORIAL: Russia as Laughingstock


Russia as Laughingstock

As if the Kremlin did not get enough humiliation last week, as we report in our lead editorial about Khodorkovsky laughing at Putin through his cell bars and in our second editorial about Russian failure in Chechnya and Ossetia — or for that matter the week before when it was forced to advertise in the classifieds seeking lawyers capable of defending it in the European Court for Human Rights — yet another devasting blow to Russia’s ego was delivered.

The Moscow Times reports:

President Dmitri Medvedev cut the number of time zones in the world’s largest country from 11 to nine in March. Now the Industry and Trade Ministry wants to find out whether the change is helping boost the economy as Medvedev promised. The problem, however, is that the ministry cannot find anyone to calculate the impact of the change — and the clock is ticking rapidly. The Industry and Trade Ministry last month issued a public tender worth 18 million rubles ($580,000) for scientists to carry out wide-ranging research on the country’s time zones, but no one has applied, Nikolai Novikov, deputy head of the ministry’s regulations and measurement standards department, said Tuesday. It is the ministry’s second attempt to find candidates after a first in March failed.

Ouch.  Not one single qualified applicant.

One can only wonder whether there are no applicants because Russia is totally devoid of qualified specialists or because such specialists as it does have are too terrified to research a question like this and get the “wrong” answer, only to be persecuted or even jailed by Russia’s neo-Stalinist regime.

Either way, the humiliation and failure is palpable.  Russia started out with an utterly nonsensical idea of altering time zones to increase productivity rather than actually working harder and better, a typical Russian Potemkin tactic. And now when it tries to document it’s “success” in doing so, it succeeds only in heaping upon itself further embarrassment and failure.

And so it goes in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.


10 responses to “EDITORIAL: Russia as Laughingstock

  1. The time zone idea is encouraging. Smart gangsters are more dangerous than stupid gangsters.

  2. voce della ragione

    Russia is indeed a laughingstock here in America.

    When I told my neighbor (an American-educated marketing specialist) that Medvedev cut the number of time zones in the Russia from 11 to 9, he laughed for 15 minutes, and then asked: “Who is this “Medvedev” and what is a “time zone”?”


    • Never mind ReTaRd, thats what happens when you work as a male prostitute for gay Russian ex-pats, you end up in the trailer park….

      • Hi ReTaRd,

        Nice to see you have changed your name again.

        All your lies keep catching up with you it seems.

        I just thought that since you were insulting the intelligence of your (imaginary) neighbor I might wind you up a bit.

        And it worked a treat.

        • Oh, so your mission is just to wind people up. OK then, i’ll keep that in mind not to take things you say concerning Russia too serioustly. That’s true, keep winding us up, you are the smartest, the most wise, the most insightful… except you waste your time winding poeple up on forums with propaganda.

      • None whatsoever Dick Rider, oops I mean Dirk Ryder, sorry ReTaRd, but changing your name will never change the obvious nature of your infantile posting….

      • This is not a valid argument…

  3. Strategy Page
    June 25, 2010

    Russia has been shopping for lots of French military technology of late, including amphibious ships and military electronics, usually for exported Russian tanks and aircraft.

    Russia also want to order the new Femi combat gear for soldiers.

  4. Re TaRd , great handle for that moscovite
    scumbag , Andrew .

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