Streetwise Professor

September 9, 2011

Mysterious Gloom?

Filed under: Russia — The Professor @ 9:46 pm

I like Edward Lucas’s reporting, but I did a triple take upon listening to the audio at this link.  He expresses puzzlement at the “mysterious gloom” that hangs over Russia’s middle class.  Gloom?  Russia?  Mysterious?  I thought “gloomy” was the default setting.  I guess I need to read Dostoevsky again.  Apparently I way missed the point.

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    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — September 10, 2011 @ 1:57 am

  2. Who needs people, when you can have Tadjiks, Mexicans, Coolies, etc.? The oligarchate couldn’t care less.

    Comment by So? — September 10, 2011 @ 4:02 am

  3. Hey SUBLIME PSYCHOPATH, why don’t you translate THIS and publish it on your blog?

    Direct evidence of extreme personal corruption by Vladimir Putin followed by official cover-up. Read it, you’ll see why Russians are so gloomy.

    Comment by La Russophobe — September 11, 2011 @ 6:35 am

  4. SUBLIME LUNATIC, according to the poll you cite the overwhelming majority of Russians say their lives are hard or intolerable, twice as many as say they are not so bad. Your data only confirms that Russians have learned helplessness, that they expect bad lives and are satisfied with them because they feel that’s all they deserve.

    Comment by La Russophobe — September 11, 2011 @ 6:39 am


    This is why Russians are so gloomy. Their own government hates them, and wants to see them dead and forgotten.

    Comment by La Russophobe — September 14, 2011 @ 6:19 am

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