Social groups in Russia

The liberal UK press in the UK tells its readers a wild lie about Russia. The lie is that there is an “opposition” to Putin  and that this opposition is headed by someone called Alexei Navalny.  At least this is the view pumped out by the Guardian’s men in Moscow. Based on a reading of their articles over a period of time it is clear what is happening. These ‘journalists’ probably mix with a fairly limited set of Russians. On any question of the day they drop Navalny’s people a line on Facebook and print the Press Release they get back as the news. (The Independent follows a similar line; I don’t often look at the other papers).

In reality there are multiple oppositions in Russia – and most of them are far from being pro-Western liberals. Continue reading “Social groups in Russia”

Production Targets. Do the Russians need to be be mentored?

This is an extract from my Russia diary which will be published later this year.

16-2-20 Production Targets

My language school has required (you cannot say asked) me to take on a new class. The new class is scheduled to run back to back with an existing class. Both classes are 1.5 hours long. So, I will have to teach one class and then immediately move to the other class. How exactly I am expected to complete the paperwork and tidy up after the first class and then set up for the next class in no time at all is not explained.  Continue reading “Production Targets. Do the Russians need to be be mentored?”

Simon Tisdall spews garbage about Russia in the Guardian

Liberals hate Russia, Russians and Putin. They hate Putin because he is a somewhat authoritarian figure who has been immensely successful in uniting and leading Russia. Under his rule the economy has strengthened and stabilized – strong enough to weather the storm of Western sanctions and a collapse in world oil prices and still show modest growth. The country continues to be modernised and infrastructure developed. Corruption at a senior level has been tackled. All this can be confirmed by reading the work of experts from e.g. the OECD. Don’t get your picture about Russia from delusional hate-mongers like Tisdall. Continue reading “Simon Tisdall spews garbage about Russia in the Guardian”

May to Putin – dreams

A Downing Street spokesman said May had “told the president that there cannot be a normalisation of our bilateral relationship until Russia stops the irresponsible and destabilising activity that threatens the UK and its allies – including hostile interventions in other countries, disinformation and cyber-attacks – which undermine Russia’s standing in the world”. [1]

Continue reading “May to Putin – dreams”

Anti-Russia books

Finding credible books on Russia and Russian history is not easy.

By far the most credible this author has read is Paul Dukes A History of Russia. [1] Most of the others I’ve tried are simply works of propaganda – full of bile and hatred for the (unknown) other and an insult to any idea of scholarship.

I don’t know if the above applies to this one, “Russia’s Crony Capitalism: The Path from Market Economy to Kleptocracy” by Anders Asund (I haven’t read it) but there is a clue in the publisher’s preview on Amazon: Continue reading “Anti-Russia books”