Walmart to Russia — Drop Dead!
We congratulate the executives at Walmart Inc. on their wisdom in deciding to reject the Russian market. We encourage the very small number of other Western companies who are considering investment in Russia, or who are already there, to do likewise. Western firms that do business in Russia are supporting the rise of a neo-Soviet state and therefore they are both undermining democracy in Russia, destroying the future of Russia’s children, and helping to create a dire new threat to the security of the West. History will judge them harshly, and conscientious Western citizens should boycott any firm they know to be doing business in Russia in order to send a clear message that such support is intolerable.
That’s to say nothing, of course, of the appalling risks of doing business in the KGB state run by proud KGB spy Vladimir Putin.
Putin’s Russia is one of the most corrupt and dangerous on the planet. Murder is used as a tool of business and politics just as if the country were run by a mafia clan. Bribery is rampant, and the government can seize any asset any time it likes, because there is no redress in court. At any moment, any Western businessman could become the next William Browder, the next Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the next Sergei Magnitsky. Or one could simply be caught up in the crazed race riots that are now sweeping the country after virulent Russian nationalism has been encouraged by the demonic figures who prowl the Kremlin. Or burned up in a fire, killed on the shockingly dangerous roadways, or victimized by incompetent medical practice. The list of hazards is endless and appalling.
The executives at Walmart obviously understood all this. Seeing the horrific experiences of IKEA, they have wisely decided not to subject their stockholders to the scorn and ridicule of freedom-loving people across the globe or to the outrageous risks presented by the Russian market. We welcome their decision, and now consider ourselves proud Walmart shoppers.