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  • Kevin

    It seems foolish for Medvedev to tie it to Crimea rather than the drop in oil prices. Crimea, while perhaps popular with nationalists, is clearly an action by the the Russian gov’, and which in the longer run might prove unpopular if it comes to be seen as the cause of misery. The fall in oil prices is something not easily blamed on the gov’t, more lIke a natural disaster which just has to be endured.

    • rheddles

      You’re far to rational to understand the Rus.

      • Tom

        It’s not that they’re irrational.
        It’s that their history is much, much different from ours.

    • adk

      Actually, no — it made more sense for them to blame the Crimean affair rather than drop in oil prices. Taking over Crimea went very well for Putin domestically reinforcing his image as a tough, decisive guy. He recently boasted on national TV that yes, there were Russian special forces in the area, he ordered them into action, and everything went according to his plan. “Western sanctions? Well, that’s the price we had to pay for doing what’s right. They can’t intimidate us and besides, they hate us anyway.” Which makes sense for brainwashed Russians, at least in the near term.

      Blaming low oil prices, on the other hand, wouldn’t do any good for Putin. That would emphasize that their economy is highly dependent on oil and gas exports (the fact most Russians don’t quite realize) and that Putin has little control over their prices. Nothing to brag about.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    As long as the troops get paid the protesters don’t have a chance, as Putin is clearly willing to kill as many Russians as needed to keep power.

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