Russian Economy On The Ropes
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  • Andrew Allison

    Prof. Mead, as a historian you must be aware of the usual response (currently being demonstrated by N. Korea) to serious internal problems. The latter’s bluster is laughable, but Russia is a different story.

  • Jim Luebke

    If Russia’s economy is “sputtering”, with 2.5% growth and 6% unemployment, how would VM characterize America’s economy? (Or Europe’s, or Japan’s, for that matter?)

    Also – how is per-capita GDP doing in Russia, with its falling population?

    I’m not going to shed any tears if Putin’s Russia shrinks its overall GDP, and thus its capacity for international mischief. But the quoted numbers are an incomplete picture from which to forecast any “greater public discontent”.

  • Russia is a bankrupt, collapsing and tired society.

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