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Subject: Russian desent?
crazydan    5/9/2002 9:53:07 AM
Russia has always been a poor country with resources widely seperated from the population. There are more than 80 different ethnic groups and languges but they have always been held togther by the larger and more powerfull Russian ethinic group. Things have always been bad in Russia. To sum it up, sitution normal, all fucked up.
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CCCP    RE:Russian desent?   5/31/2003 9:10:40 PM
Oh-uh! I can hear US anthem! AGAIN!!!!
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DrCruel    RE:Russian desent?   6/26/2003 1:10:29 PM
In the 17th century, it was Russia and Austria that kept the Ottoman super-state theocracy out of Europe. In the 18th century, Russia was the most powerful nation in the world. It was the Russians that inevitably smashed Napoleon, all on their own. Russians manage a pretty damn powerful nation, once they get their act together. Russia could do with a better infrastructure and better business climate, but they'd be best advised not to listen to the Americans (or the WTO, or the IMF). If you want to know why, read "Globalization and its Discontents" by Joseph Stiglitz. Suffice to say, it will take a strong, centralized and above all independant Russian government to get their GDP growth up. That's how Japan, South Korea, Germany and the PRC did it, at times in direct confrontation with US interests.
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