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?