EDITORIAL: In Putin’s Russia, a Perfect Zero out of Ten

EDITORIAL

In Putin’s Russia, a Perfect Zero out of Ten

With the grave situation for defenders of human rights and democracy growing worse in 2009, Nations in Transit findings show that over the past decade, Russia has undergone the largest decline of any country in the study of 29 countries in the former Communist states of Europe and Eurasia.

— Freedom House, Nations in Transit 2010

The latest report from Freedom House on the progress of “post-Soviet” nations has once again determined that Russia is by far the most backwards and oppressive nation in that benighted region.  Nobody vaguely familiar with this blog can be surprised, of course, since we’ve often documented (see the “rating Russia” category in our sidebar) how Russia lags behind the entire world no matter what criteria are used to judge it.

After the jump, we review Russia’s most recent scores from ten separate international ratings agencies across a wide range of social, economic and political criteria.  In every single one of them, the Putin regime is deemed an absolute failure.  Not only does Russia fail to score as high as the top 50% in any category ranging from life expectancy to societal violence, Russia does not even break into the top 35% on one single occasion.

When only one study is at issue, a Russian propagandist can easily claim “Russophobia” and dismiss the results.  That becomes more difficult when two or three different studies from different parts of the world with different staffs of experts reach the same conclusion.

But, we believe, when ten different studies are presented, no thinking reasonable person can escape the conclusion that the government of Vladimir Putin is an abject disaster.  It’s not our opinion, it’s documented scientific fact.

Here are the results ranked by Russia’s performance starting with the best, showing the category, Russia’s precise score, it’s relative location in the group and the source of the study (a study of at least 100 other countries was required to be included):

Ease of Doing Business 122/183
Bottom 34%       Doing Business

Economic Prosperity 69/104
Bottom 34%       Legatum

Economic Reform 120/181
Bottom 34%       World Bank

Life Expectancy 137/195
Bottom 30%        CIA/United Nations

Quality of Life 108/143
Bottom 25%       Happy Planet

Economic Freedom 143/183
Bottom 22%       Heritage Foundation

Political Freedom 142/193
Bottom 21%       Freedom House

Corruption 146/180
Bottom 19%       Transparency International

Press Freedom 153/175
Bottom 13%       Reporters without Borders

Peacefulness 126/133
Bottom 6%          Vision of Humanity

The first three results are surely the most devastating to Russia.  Three different highly-respected international organizations rate Russia on three different sets of criteria and compare them to a group of over 100 other nations, and the result in each case is exactly the same:  Russia finds itself in the bottom 34% of all countries on the planet, gaping upwards at two-thirds of the world.  Also telling are the ratings Russia gets from two different highly-respected think tanks for economic and political freedom.  Again, the results are almost identical in terms of Russia’s relative position in the group. 

There are lots of other criteria that could be examined, and they’d predictably show the same results. For instance, in Reducing Maternal Mortality Russia’s score is 98/181 (Bottom 46%, source United Nations).

Then again, being in the bottom 10% of all world nations when judged for peacefulness and civilization may say all you need to know about Putin’s Russia.

One can, of course, also look systemmatically at Russian performance on its own terms. That’s what Boris Nemtsov and Vladimir Milov have been doing for years now with their white paper series, showing how Russia continues to deterioriate under the the malignant KGB rule of the Putin regime, socially, politically and economically.

Then there are smaller-scale surveys ranging from how much Russians are forced to pay at IKEA to how inclined Russians are to take bribes. Here again the scores are exactly the same, For instance:

Hostility to Women 38/43 (Bottom 12%)

IKEA Prices 25/28   (Bottom 11%)

Place to be an Expat 24/26 (Bottom 8%)

Bribe-Taking 22/22  (Bottom 1%)

Comparing Russia one-one-one to a really successful country like the United States yields results that are so appalling it seems almost unfair to do so. Russia’s rate of abortion is double that of the United States and it’s suicide rate is also double. One American produces on average five times more value each year than a Russian. Each employed Russian contributes just $16,100 to the country’s gross domestic product, compared with a whopping $74,600 in the United States. An average American donates twelve times more to charity each year than an average Russian; since productivity is only five times greater, that means each American is more than twice as generous as each Russian.  Twenty times more Russian women are murdered by their husbands than American women.  Twenty times more.

This is not just a wave of data, it’s a tsunami.  No matter who judges Russia, no matter the context, Russia comes up woefully short, indeed very close to the bottom of the pack.  It is a total failure as a nation by any criteria you choose to name, and seems hellbent on yet another national collapse.

35 responses to “EDITORIAL: In Putin’s Russia, a Perfect Zero out of Ten

  1. The first thing that springs to mind, after reading this article, is the comment made by a Russian citizen in one of your earlier blogs that someone who was trained and served in the (criminal/gangster operated) KGB has no right to preside over and control the destiny of Russia, like Putin does, but all sadly to the detriment of the nation’s citizens.

    In which case, what can one expect?

  2. I have noticed a significant rise in wages and life quality in Russia in the past 20 years, don’t know about you. I have a proposal, why, instead of crying and exagerating things here, don’t you go and publish this on Medvedevs blog.

    • Putin also has noticed it! He gets more palaces every single year!

      Things were also good for Politburo!

      Thanks for your excellent documenting of sources! Very impressive! Shows Russians are intelligent, educated people!

      Medvedev censors all our comments. Think we haven’t tried? Why don’t you go and recommend his readers check out our blog and this post because we are right and he is wrong. Being a Russian, maybe you’ll be allowed, and we’ll thank you very kindly!

      • Chaplain_moss

        Well then, all I can say is that men are jerks, if there would be female politicians in charge, we wouldn’t be suffering (that includes you too brother).

      • Probably more people around the world hate Russia than there are Russians, and probably more poeple hate America than there are Americans, but I doubt there are more people who hate China, than there are Chinese.

        These are my words of wisdom, I had finally recieved enlightement and realised that it’s no point taking things too close from people who shout they hate me for whom I am, or whom I was born. I am an average Russian citizen, studying physics. I don’t give much about the political system, there are things more important for my future.

        And they say we are inferiour, ironicly shouting they are civilized.

        LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

        You fail to look at the other side of the coin, which is that many non-Americans LOVE America, which admits more immigrants each year than all other countries combined. How many non-Russians love Russia?

        Think about it.

        • You stated:

          “I don’t give much about the political system, there are things more important for my future.”

          Do you not care about the future of your country, or the future of your children?

          First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out–
          because I was not a communist;
          Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out–
          because I was not a socialist;
          Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out–
          because I was not a trade unionist;
          Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
          because I was not a Jew;
          Then they came for me–
          and there was no one left to speak out for me.

          • @Do you not care about the future of your country, or the future of your children?

            “Most Russians don’t care whether they are ruled by fascists or communists or even Martians as long as they can buy six kinds of sausage in the store and lots of cheap vodka.” (Gen. A. Lebed)

          • That’s called human nature, not an attribute of Russians

          • Looks like we found superman, immune to fear as in the good old marvel comics

          • And who are you to tell others what to do? We live in a sovereign country and I vote for whomever I want to vote, and it’s too bad you may think my country is bad, I think yours is also far from being innocent.

            And it’s not communism any more, as you must be pleased to know, but Russia didn’t have communism from October 1917 onwards, it had bolshevism. And the true communism, that was born in february 1917 has unfortunately died and so did the freedom of the people to control the power, as Lenin thought he knew better and banned all parties but bolshevism, and he believed that in his version of coommunism, the party knew best what to choose for people and the ordinary citizen must be deprived of political thought.

            One last thing, the story you wrote above pretty much sums up Hitler’s rise into power, and Mussolini’s, then ordinary Germans are also to blame for believing him, and you are to blame for president Bush, and Iranians are to blame for the revolution in Iran and a religious dictatorship. Everyone is to blame my dear friend, don’t make an impression you are perfect.

            • @And the true communism, that was born in february 1917

              No, it was not “the true communism” (in the way envisioned by Marx). There was never such a thing yet, the closest thing was the Democratic Kampuchea (it was also the most single disastrous attempt resulting in the death of 1/3 or so of the entire country’s population in only 4 years).

              The real “soviet” system following the February Revolution until the Lenin’s coup was actually a true democracy, with socialist flavor. It was a very radical form of democracy, something not seen in Europe since the Paris Commune (which also failed in a spectacular way).

              The Leninist Russia had “communism” in the sense it was ruled by Communist Party. Officially there was “socialism” anyway.

              The Iranian revolution was pretty much hijacked, just as the Russian one. The other factions (which included even liberal democrats) were sidelined and purged, and some are actually still playing a pernament revolution even now (most prominently the Left-Islamic rebel group People’s Mujahideen, which is based in Iraq since the days of Saddam). However unlike the Russians the Iranians have an active legal opposition against the current regime of Ahmadinejad and a resemblance of competetive elections (with a real mass protests when the elections appear to be rigged). They care for their country, because they are patriotic, while the Russians are mindless sheep people.

    • Well “K” this stupid lie of yours that “significant rise in wages and life quality in Russia in the past 20 years” may have surely happened for you, you KGB/FSB paid propaganda (read ‘disinformation’) stooge? But it most certainly has not happened to the average Russian citizen.

      Furthermore your other blatantly stupid and offensive remark i.e. “I have a proposal, why, instead of crying and exagerating things here, don’t you go and publish this on Medvedevs blog.” shows you up for the baboon you really are, because I was not and am not crying and neither do I intend to cry, and similarly neither was I – to use your (wrong) spelling ‘exagerating’ – I simply was stating to the best of my memory LR’s comments on this subject, without doing the necessary homework for an imbecile of your caliber.

      Put bluntly I have no intention, none whatsoever, of wasting my time in going into “Medvedev’s blog” and the pure propaganda crap it vomits out, as I’m quite positive that I’ll find everything there BUT the truth! got that important point straight comrade Ka Ge Bist Konstantin. And ye, ye and yes, I am aware that this criminal organization has for the umpteenth time changed its name, (so like a criminal that does the same with his different aliases,) to currently FSB.

      • Ahh any documents to support your awesumly simplified economic statement? Maybe next time read economic reviews. And I agree lots of money is affected by corruption, but so far i have seen a phenominal rise in the living standars compared to 1990’s, when people had to queu up for bread milk and butter rations.

        And anyway, what kind of a blog has a mottor “Russia is the best country, except any other”, this is discriminatory, this website is a laugh inspired by some stupid asshole, who has nothing better to do than encourage hatred.

      • Maybe you are implying everyone in Russia is a KGB agent, and I am implying you have a seasonal exacerbation of schizophrenia.

        • Lying still KGB jerk! I bet you don’t even know what those two long words mean?

          Besides, I only state that jerks of your caliber are the actual KGB goons, whereas the average Russian is not. But then your not even average, if anything, way below it

          • A bit similar to how the nazis used to spread the propaganda of infireority of Jews, blacks, gypsies and slavs.

        • To come up with such a comeback conveys your rich imagination. All this site is a junkpile of emotional comments, the author is racist, he likes to relate to every single loss of Russia, he even finds the time to slap the absence of the Russian football team as a means of superiority of the USA. But he fails to account that unfortunately he encourages the attitude towards americans to deteriorate, as no person in their right mind can write this about a particular country they have decided it’s allright to mock “The stability and prosperity that American democracy have brought to American shores since then is surely the envy of the civilized world, and rightfully the pride of every American. Meanwhile, Russia has been a basket case of upheaval, violence, repression and squalor. If only Russians could take a lesson from this brilliant day of human celebration!”

      • Слушай, Богданчик, ну что тебе все неспокойно ? Я понимаю что сложно твоей хохлядско-националистической заднице осознать что ты и в подмётки нам не годишься, ну ты уж подругому как нибудь поплачь украдкой. Нам ни мешай строит наше государство и вести удовлетворительную внешнею политику. Когда осознаешь что украинская государственность это недоразумение, что Европам и те более Америкам вы нахрен не нужны, и что может быть не стоит какать на Россию когда она обеспечивает твой каждый вздох, возвращайся к рационально мысляшим людям. Понял….ну и валяй теперь отсюда.

  3. Bogdan from Australia

    Konstantin, your claim that we are witnessing the raise in a living standart of Russians is laughable.
    If you knock down the loo so that only the gaping hole in the ground remains and after a while put two rotten planks together those two planks will, for sure, be representing the improvement in “living standart”.
    Tell us where have those trillions from oil revenues gone. Where are those thousands of new highways, modern hospitals, beautiful apparments bloks in Yekaterinburg, millions of beautiful, well dressed, well fed, happy people?
    What about Russia takes over, finances and transfers the headquaters of UN to Moscow.
    What about it feeds and houses all those “diplomatic”PARASITES from around the world.
    You can wrap any s**t in any glossy fabric of propaganda as you like.
    After all it is the only thing the Soviets have mastered. PROPAGANDA!
    Still S**T remains S**T.

    • Russians have always looked at Ukrainians as our brothers, and vice versa.

      You probably had a bad experience with Russians are you’re just angry.

      If you did, then I apologize on behalf of my Russian people — but don’t take it out on all of us.

      • When you look in your soviet encyclopedia under the letter “H”, you will not find HOLODOMOR.

        • What the hell is “holodomor”? Do you mean “hokhlomor”? Не дождетесь. Вы мне еще за Севастополь ответите.

    • Well my grandmother lives in Russia and I trust her more, don’t listen to this fool. In lipetsk the roads have long since been fixed, nice appartments are being built, fountains and other things placed in parks, people buy better cars and more computers and mobile phones.

    • My country can kick your country’s with devastating consequences. It’s not my problem that the Australians were studying kangaroo whilst the rest of the world were engineering nuclear weapons.

      • At this point the country that fully deserves termination is Georgia — bomb bomb bomb Georgia! Hopefully, this happens soon.

      • Actually Parasite, Australian and New Zealand scientists worked on the atomic bomb project.

        Russian scientists were so inferior that they had to rely on stealing the designs.

        • Who did they steal the designs from? You are a disgrace to your nation, hope the rest of Australians and New Zealanders are not racist, if Russia would be inferiar they wouldn’t withstand WW1, the brutal civil war, the collectivization and massive repressions, the gasing and bombing millions in WW2, out of which USSR came out devastaded while the American economy prospered, and the USSR still fought the cold war, plagued by inneficient economic system. I understand you want to destroy what you are afraid of, and I will destroy who ever wants to destroy me, it’s logical. Russia is not USA or Australia you pigs, it has a different history, you can not understand Russia, you may only believe in it, and I believe that my country will one day rise to be a superpower economically and politically.

          LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

          Please do not post under different names, it is dishonest, a violation of our comment rules, and will not be tolerated. Do it again and you’re banned.

          • @Who did they steal the designs from? You are a disgrace to your nation

            Mr Idiot,

            Project Manhattan was an international effort of the western Allied Nations, and as such involved scientists and engineers from NZ too.

            Now, NZ has no nuclear weapons of their own. It was their choice. Actually it’s even a totally nuclear-free zone for over 25 years now.

            But you (your spies) “stole the designs”, so quoting you, “you are a disgrace to your nation” indeed.

            @if Russia would be inferiar they wouldn’t withstand WW1, the brutal civil war, the collectivization and massive repressions, … and the USSR still fought the cold war, plagued by inneficient economic system.

            “Inferiar”? Maybe you meant “infernal”? If Russia was “not inferior”, it would “withstand WW1”, yes. But it didn’t. Actually the allegedly “great and mighty” Russian Empire was out of the game (and world maps) before the very weak and dysfunctional Ottoman Empire.

            And if Russia was not full of bloodthirsty idiots, they would simply have no “brutal civil war, the collectivization and massive repressions” whatsoever, and would just haven’t “still fought the cold war, plagued by inneficient economic system”.

            @I understand you want to destroy what you are afraid of, and I will destroy who ever wants to destroy me, it’s logical.

            You will only continuing to destroy mostly yourselves. As always.

            @Russia is not USA or Australia you pigs, it has a different history, you can not understand Russia, you may only believe in it, and I believe that my country will one day rise to be a superpower economically and politically.

            So in other words you are unthinking drone by your own choice, mindlessly “beliveing” in your treinwreck of a country instead of drawing lessons from those who are “superpower economically and politically”. Congratulations.

    • Chaplain_moss

      Thank you bogdan, by providing us with the perfect example of what propaganda is, by jumping into stereotypes.

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  5. @When only one study is at issue, a Russian propagandist can easily claim “Russophobia” and dismiss the results.

    And don’t forget “double standards”.

    (Russpeak for applying the very same set of standards to Russia as to rest of the world, such as basic human rights including right to life.)

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