EDITORIAL: Once again, Russia comes in Dead Last


Once again, Russia comes in Dead Last

The virtual ink on our recent survey of Russia’s evaluations by ten major international ratings agencies is barely dry and, yes, you guessed it, once again Russia has been rated and once again it has come in dead last.

This time, Russia was compared to eighteen major nations in Europe in regard to the amount of time their citizens spend wasting time waiting in lines — and Russia was by far the worst of any country in the group.  Russians spent twice as much time waiting in lines as the second-worst nation on the list.  It comes as no surprise, of course, to anyone who has spent any time living in Russia, nor does the nasty, hostile reception you get at the end of that time spent waiting.

Paul Goble reports that Mariya Sviridova, a lawyer for the Russian Consumer Rights Defense Society, explained that “unfortunately people [in the Russian Federation] are accustomed to lines, and entrepreneurs take this as a given and use it.”  The worst lines are not those in businesses and banks but in government offices.  The subway and post office are prime offenders. There, Sviridova said, “the entire system requires reworking,” including not least of all the replacement of many employees. “Elderly people who work in the post,” she said, “are not capable of quickly dealing with the technology.”  And then there are the border crossings:  “Last weekend, at the Vaalimaa border crossing point in Finland, trucks carrying goods into Russia was 16 km long, and at one nearby, the line extended 4 km.”

The survey was released with remarkably apt timing last week.  Click here, and you’ll watch a YouTube video of hapless Russians pathetically clamoring onto the top of railway cars in a desperate effort to get home.   Why was this happening, as if Russia were a third-world banana republic?  Because a third of the railway departures at the massive Kursk railway station were suddenly, arbitrarily cancelled.  The Moscow Times reports:  “But passengers are still accumulating at stations and storming functioning trains, crowding them to the point that entry becomes physically impossible and the people inside start to faint in the scorching summer heat.”

There is only one word for this conduct on the part of the Russian authorities, and that word is barbarism.  Even more barbaric, though, is the lemming-like acceptance of the “leaders” who carry out such acts, as the Russian people continue to do. As such, they richly deserve to be forced onto the tops of trains, from where inevitably they will face life-threatening peril.

When will they ever learn?

6 responses to “EDITORIAL: Once again, Russia comes in Dead Last

  1. Modernization and innovation!! Russia is rising from its knees and getting on the top of the train. That’s the way to go!!

  2. Add this one to the list too!

    One of the worst places to die!!!


  3. Just shows how pathetic the sheeple are.
    It has been over 40 degrees here in Georgia and nobody is killing themselves by drinking and swimming.

    Russian deaths mount as heatwave and vodka mix

    Scores of Russians have died in the past few weeks amid a heatwave that shows no sign of breaking.

    Many of the dead have drowned after taking a swim – often after having drunk too much vodka.

    For the past two weeks temperatures across much of western Russia have soared past 35C, in the hottest and longest heatwave in decades.

    Russia is also suffering what is thought to be the worst drought in more than 100 years.

    There has been virtually no rain since winter and crops are shrivelling.

    “We’ve had 10mm of rain, scorching hot temperatures over 35C, which have just burnt all the crops up,” says Colin Hinchley, a Briton who now farms in Penza near the Volga river, in southern Russia.

    “Winter wheat crops are 50% of the yield, and spring crops, in some cases, are going to be virtually none.”

    A state of emergency has been imposed in 16 Russian regions, and the government is increasing loans to try to help farmers avoid bankruptcy.

    “It’s a major calamity, the situation is extremely serious,” said Viktor Zubkov, the first deputy prime minister responsible for agriculture.

    Schoolchildren drown
    In the centre of Moscow, teams of tanker trucks roam the streets spraying water to try to stop the asphalt from melting.

    At lakes and rivers around Moscow groups of revellers can be seen knocking back vodka and then plunging into the water.

    The result is predictable – 233 people have drowned in the last week alone.

    In one incident six schoolchildren drowned, because the summer camp employees looking after them were drunk.

    The heatwave is expected to last another week. By then Moscow may well have broken through its highest ever temperature of 36.6C.


    • Come and live in Chukotka in winter if you are so clever.


      No thanks, no sensible person would live anywhere in Russia if he had a choice. And none do.

  4. agh Russia collapse already!

  5. While everyone has a point of view, and everyone is entitled to that point of view (Even in Russia) I have to admit that this post, while very informative does seem to contain a slight anti-Russian note.

    Knowing as I do that the United States is the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave, I can only assume that the prolific author of this verbose treatise is unaware of a new arrival on the “North American Commentary on Russia” blog scene.

    Might I be so bold as to suggest a link to the most excellent and well written blog “The Kremlin Stooge” located at


    While it does express a dissenting viewpoint, I can’t imagine any self-respecting American who would not want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to voice their thoughts and be willing to provide that author with a link so that those interested might have the benefit of other opinions.

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