Russia is turning into a Third World country, says Russian expert.

via blogs.minyanville.com

First step in curing an illness is accepting that you are ill indeed. And as far as that is concerned, there might be a glimmer of hope for Russia.

There is also the face of extreme corruption, nepotism, clientelism, organized crime, local ‘kingdoms’ and effective (sometimes lethal) suppression of people that have a different opinion: citizens, journalists, lawyers and business men.

If you pay for it, you can have anything. If you won’t pay, you get nothing.

And then there is the face of the Russia that I know quite well, due to my lovely, Russian wife Olga.

That is the Russia of quite honest, hard-working people, that accept their leaders and politics as a fact-of-life. Instead of fighting it, they just try to make an honest living and ‘go with the flow’ as far as the corruption and bureaucracy concerns.

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