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Russia’s Rich Exiles Are Gone For Good

As the election looms, the Kremlin is peddling a narrative that its exiled businessmen are begging to bring their money home. Don’t believe the hype.

Published on: February 9, 2018
Karina Orlova is a contributing writer for The American Interest and Washington correspondent for Echo of Moscow radio.
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  • AbleArcher

    I’ll never forget my one and only trip to Florida because i met a Russian millionaire by happenstance. He told me all about Chinese and Russians with money having the anchor babies that no one talks about. They spend a lot of money to come over and give birth in the US so they can take their little US citizen home. That’s their get out of China or Russia free card. Of course, Donalds smart recommendations on ending absurd visa lotteries, bizarre, racist diversity visas, and chain migration might put an end to that.

    • Micah718

      I agree with what you are saying about visa lotteries, diversity visas and chain migration. Even the whole anchor baby thing needs to be stopped.
      But these Chinese and Russian richie Riches trying to come to America is not a bad thing. They are smart, entrepreneurial and they would instill that ethics in their children. These are the immigrants we want. Dishwasher from Guatemala? Not so much. No offense to any Guatemalans.

      • AbleArcher

        Right, or it could just be that there a better thieves. Certainly some Russian oligarchs or chinese oligarchs got their money by quite illicit means. Either way, even if they have the best of intentions, it does present a security risk because they do have family back home in say China, and then the regime blackmails those here into stealing some tech from a company or university. Not just my opinion. It already happens. Actually it was exposed during Obama‘s last couple of years, was it 2015?, That the Chinese on some business visas were not legitimate and were really secret police to threaten Chinese in America and force them work for the regime.

        • Micah718

          And that’s why I want good, non-politicized intelligence services. Because I obviously don’t know the ins and outs and form my opinions on a very incomplete data set. I may be a good expert in my field. National security is not that field.

          • AbleArcher

            Pfff they are clearly all politicized, or at least the civilian part like CIA and FBI. 2015 was also the year that the huge, really monumental OPM hack was disclosed. Millions and millions of people with current or and former security clearances. All their medical history, the answers they gave during their polygraphs to get clearance, the whole 9 yards. Even if just 0.5% it’s a disaster. If they are hiding the fact that they have an addiction or an affair, then the Chinese can now blackmail them into giving them something they want, or being careless on purpose to open the door to some other hack. Just a disaster. And the lying, loser democrats and FBI and CIA are talking about Russia.

            Russia’s economy is smaller than France’s. Russia’s population is less than half that of Americas. Russia’s population is fairly sickly, and have noticeably shorter life expectancy. And all they want to talk about is Russia. The Chinese have all these people bought. The Democrats in particular, they been bought since the Clinton days if not earlier. Gross.

          • Micah718

            You are right. When I start thinking about the extent of the problems we face, I quickly get overwhelmed. Which is where my belief in a Merciful God comes in.
            Micah 7:18
            Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retaineth not His anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy.

          • SeaAyeA

            When I read revelations it sounds an awful lot to me like God is simply going to blow this place up and start over. I say if that’s really going to happen then let’s just get on with it

          • Micah718

            I don’t read past the Old Testament. In all of Old Testament prophets talk about a day of Justice and Glory. It will be destructive but good guys win.
            Perhaps the most famous description belongs to an otherwise minor prophet Malachi.
            Malachi 4:2
            But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

            Bear in mind this is immediately followed by one of the more bloodthirsty verses

            And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.

            The big cleansing is coming. When Jews talk about these times, the common refrain is may it happen speedily, in our time. The timetable is unknowable; the result is inevitable.

  • Mika Riik

    I would love to read Orlova’s analysis on the dead Russian diplomats, who found the end of the line last year. Was there a conspiracy on the current regime or what gave rise to them meet their maker?

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