Russia in the WTO? Just say NO!
Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) was another of Yeltsin’s ideas – and with much the same purpose. If implemented, that idea would make Russia dependent on imports of foodstuffs and just about everything else the exporting countries would like to sell against their Russian rivals, after the latter were to give up their competitive price advantages, such as cheap energy, cheap land, cheap transportation, cheap fertilizer, etc. So, if Russia were a democracy, the WTO terms of accession for Russia – now 18 years in the negotiation – wouldn’t have a chance of acceptance.
We are not shy about saying that we want to see Vladimir Putin’s police state in Russia utterly destroyed. Nor do we disagree with the brilliant John Helmer’s analysis, quoted above, which concludes that admission to the WTO would be extremely harmful, if not a fatal toxin, to the Putin regime. But we still vehemently oppose Russian admission.
And our reason is simple: Russia doesn’t deserve to be a member. It’s simply not good enough.
Russia doesn’t have a market economy, it has a command economy, and it aggressively bans foreigners from participating it, and routinely steals their assets when it does allow rare participation.
It doesn’t have a diversified economy, it has a natural resources economy.
It doesn’t have a democracy, it has a dictatorship.
Russia aggressively attacks its neighbors, like Georgia, for reasons of imperialism, and it shows seething hatred for the nations of the West.
Having Russia in the WTO would be like having a fox in the hen house, and it would help the Putin dictatorship to pass itself off as a normal country. That would help it to continue murdering its own people and persecuting its neighbors.
The WTO must stand up for its core values, or it has nor reason to exist. Russia stands for the destruction of those values.
For all these reasons, Russia must not be admitted. It’s simply wrong, and should not happen.