Russia to Jobs, Gates — Drop Dead!
One thing that we here at LR, as visitors to Russia, have always found at once both most hilarious and most obscene about this benighted, fetid land is the Russian attempt to test foreigners for diseases like AIDS before allowing them to dwell within Russian borders. That Russia, one of the world’s worst breeding grounds for diseases of all kinds, would think itself endangered by American tourists says all you really need to know about just how truly barbaric Russia really is.
But there are plenty of other examples. In their recent Moscow Times column, for instance, Ian Pryde and Suzanne Stafford of Eurasia Strategy & Communications in Moscow point out that if either of two most famous computer experts on this planet, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, wanted to try to set up a business in Russia, they would get simple response: “Drop dead!”
That’s because neither Jobs nor Gates hold a college degree, and therefore neither could present a college degree with an apostille to the Russian authorities, which is a prerequisite for starting a business in Russia. In America, no such requirements are applied — and America has a GDP seven times larger than Russia despite having a population only twice as great.
You read that right: Russia thinks people like Jobs and Gates are unqualified to start a business in Russia even though they run two of the largest and most successful businesses on the planet. If they wanted to start up something in Russia, they’d be rejected automatically. Russia, you know, has its standards.
As we’ve repeatedly documented here on this blog, Russian education is in fact utterly fraudulent. University degree, even from the very best schools, are bought and sold every day of the week. Russia lags behind America in virtually every conceivable measure of technolgy and innovation, and is totally unable to put Russian-made products into the global economy. The only thing the world buys from Russia is raw materials because Russian schools are totally unable to teach Russians how to compete in the world markets.
Apparently, that’s just the way the Kremlin likes it. Blind Russian paranoia and xenophobia will continue to dominate Russian policy, and Russians will continue to live in bleak, backward darkness, cut off from the benefits people like Jobs and Gates bestow on their countries.
And so it goes in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.