Streetwise Professor reports:
It’s amazing the things Russophobes will say. Like this:
“Right now [Russia’s] investment climate is so bad that it won’t be affected” [by the imminent failure of the BP-Rosneft deal].
What slander. Must be some retrograde, Cold War fossil.
Check that. It was Arkady Dvorkovich, Medvedev’s top economic aide.
Igor Sechin, Shameless Liar
Streetwise Professor exposes a classic Russian liar:
The WSJ has a long article based on an exclusive interview with your fave and mine, Igor Sechin. It is full of the usual his-lips-are-moving whoppers, but this one stunned even me, even as predisposed as I am to snort at pretty much anything old Eyegore has to say:
And he was quick to point out that Russia became a major oil exporter in the 1970s in response to demand in the West amid the Arab oil embargo. “Now they tell us, ‘You have Dutch disease, you’re a resource economy.’ But you yourselves asked us to be that way,” he said.
Sorry, but WTF is he talking about? Yeah, the USSR was just eager to please the US and the West in the early-to-mid 1970s. We said “jump”, and Brezhnev said “how high, boss?”
Please. The Soviets exported oil because (a) there was money in it, (b) they needed a lot of money, given that the rest of the economy was going to hell (especially the agricultural sector, which couldn’t feed the country), and (c) they had absolutely nothing else to sell that anybody wanted.
What is it about Russians that they are responsible for absolutely nothing? It’s always “The Devil (i.e., America) made me do it!” They are wanna be Masters of the Universe, but everything is out of their control. Sheesh.