Russia is a 3rd World Country - 13 SECRET FACTS EXPOSED

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Since publishing exclusively on Zero Hedge our expose on Russia in order to 'counterbalance' the propaganda out there from the deep state, we've learned that there is a deep FACT VOID about this mysterious culture and place called RUSSIA and requires a series of articles.  This is a topic not being covered elsewhere!  And as we explain in our best-selling FX book - the world isn't 

Anyone who has ever been to Russia, that is - outside of a 5 star hotel in Moscow which isn't any different than a 5 star hotel anywhere else - you don't need to read an article like this to agree, that Russia is a 3rd world country, or debate about how big their missiles are.  Being a 3rd world country isn't a bad thing.  And of all the third world, Russia is the fastest growing.  Remember, Russia was born in 1990, and is a capitalist market economy.  Russia has grown by huge leaps and bounds in the past 25 years.  But they lack the cultural background to make the switch to a fully market economy.  What does that mean - in other words?  There is a mentality that was programmed into their brains, during the Soviet Union, that still lives in Russia and with that mentality, having anything but the Soviet system is difficult or impossible.  The new generation of iphones and consumerism, albeit vulgar, will have better chances at adapting to a global market economy which is what Russia hopes to be.  The communist hardliners are dead and dying, and not being replaced.  In a system where everyone saved and money sometimes didn't exist (such as during Perestroika, where workers were paid with tickets, not money - which could be bartered with neighbors for example if one family didn't drink alcohol, vodka tickets could be traded for more meat, making Russians develop a natural talent for trading in dark pools).

For those who will argue about 'what is a third world country' let's use this article as a base guideline, Russia certainly meets the definitions here.

If everything in and of the state is basically and profoundly corrupt (which naturally prompts the question if there is any political state in the world that is not corrupt and thus Third World?).

If nothing really works but there is always ‘a way’.

If you have to pay the authorities when entering or leaving the country. If you have to do both you’re actually in a Fourth World country!

If the price of taxis are either totally negotiable or strictly determined by government regulations — amounting to the same.

If there’s always a taxi and a willing driver to be found.

If there are no ways of proving whether you’ve been drinking and/or speeding behind the wheel.

If the government doesn’t care whether you’ve been drinking and/or speeding.

If road patrols routinely consist of heavily armed military.

If the paint on the bathroom walls have been allowed to stain the shower tiles as well. In this particular respect, Italy, Spain and France would easily qualify as ‘Third World countries’. The Greeks and the peoples of the Balkan countries, on the other hand, don’t do this. I guess they admire the Germans and have to some degree been influenced by them.

If painting the doors also on the inside is considered an unnecessary expense.

Before claiming yourself a self-professed "Russian Expert" you should either be 1) from Russia or 2) speak Russian language fluently, and have lived there for a number of years or 3) have extensively studied all things Russian.  If you are none of these, and want to have a quick education on the subject, here's a few places to start:

A History of Russia: New, Revised Edition - This is a MUST READ for any Russophile, student of Russia, or someone who wants to do business in Russia.  Probably, the reason this is one book written objectively that offers fresh perspectives is for the simple reason that it was written by a Russian intelligentsia in the United States, while at Yale University:

Vernadsky took a novel approach to Russian history, presenting it as a continuous succession of empires, starting from the Scythian, Sarmatian, Hunnic, and Gothic; Vernadsky attempted to determine the laws of their expansion and collapse. His views emphasized the importance of Eurasian nomadic cultures for the cultural and economic progress of Russia, thus anticipating some of the ideas advanced by Lev Gumilev.

Vernadsky became the leading American exponent of depicting Russia as much Asian and European, if not more so. He pointed out many strong cultural differences between Russia and Europe, and praised the success of Russian development along an independent path that revealed his own unique character. Vernadsky was a geographical determinist like his Yale colleague Ellsworth Huntington. They assumed that the characteristics of a land defined the character of the people and indeed of their government as well. For that reason Vernadsky was able to identify the roots of Russian culture in an ancient period long before the Slavic groups arrived. He thereby undercut the standard claim that modern Russia emerged from Kievan Rus. He emphasized the importance of the Mongol period (1238-1471), as the horde united the vast Eurasian plain under a single ruler. This gave tsarist Russia a strong centralized government as well as the deep distrust of Europe. Vernadsky was annoyed that Peter the Great tried to Westernize Russia, thereby distorting its natural character. He said Peter only succeeded in polarizing Russia into a Western oriented elite that stood in profound conflict with the Eurasian peasants. Indeed, Vernadsky argued that this polarization was one of the main weaknesses of the tsarist regime, making it incapable of dealing with the revolutionary movements of the early twentieth century. He celebrated the collapse of the European style parliamentary regime in the October Revolution of 1917 that brought the Bolsheviks to power. Vernadsky was not a liberal, nor was he a Communist sympathizer, but he did admire the Bolsheviks for rebuilding a strong Russia on non-European lines.[1]

Unnatural Deaths in the U.S.S.R.: 1928-1954 - This is a historical chronicle about the 'real' deaths during this time period:

Who was worse, Hitler or Stalin?  In the second half of the twentieth century, Americans were taught to see both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union as the greatest of evils. Hitler was worse, because his regime propagated the unprecedented horror of the Holocaust, the attempt to eradicate an entire people on racial grounds. Yet Stalin was also worse, because his regime killed far, far more people, tens of millions it was often claimed, in the endless wastes of the Gulag. For decades, and even today, this confidence about the difference between the two regimes—quality versus quantity—has set the ground rules for the politics of memory. Even historians of the Holocaust generally take for granted that Stalin killed more people than Hitler, thus placing themselves under greater pressure to stress the special character of the Holocaust, since this is what made the Nazi regime worse than the Stalinist one.

This is just a good start.  If you really want to know any culture - the only way is to go there, live there, do business there.  But for those with a short attention span, that enjoy throwing objects at their TV when the reporters tell them something they don't like, here we go:

SECRET FACTS - RUSSIA IS A 3RD WORLD COUNTRY

1. 80% or more of the Russian economy is unknown.  This is because it all happens 'under the table' to avoid taxes.  This will change probably, but as of now, workers are paid 'white' and 'black' salaries.  You can read about this here.  Auditors and government workers are bribed, wined and dined, when they inspect the books.  It's a system everyone likes, that just 'works' - but it is impractical to make economic forecasts for such a system.  This system is also on the highest levels, as oligarchs wealth is often owned by dead people.  Of course, this practice isn't heavily documented, because the whole idea of this under the table system is to not leave any paper trail!  Businesses even keep a full set of 'white books' and 'real books' like the mob used to do.  Yes - this is business in Russia!  

2. Bankruptcy doesn't exist.  There is no concept of bankruptcy.  There are even banks that offer really high interest loans (there are no usury laws) that will hire strong men to 'scare' you into paying, which might include breaking a leg, burning down your shed or in extreme cases, maybe holding a relative in their 'office' - yes this goes on and it's not done by the MAFIA it's done by the BANKS!  

3. Russian healthcare system is 'not to Western standards' although it is 'developing.'  25% of males die before they are 55 years old, mostly due to alcohol.

4.  The primary currency used is physical rubles, that means PAPER.  When local people believe the Ruble will depreciate in value, they will exchange their paper Rubles for physical US Dollars or Euros and literally - keep them under the mattress.

5. You have never seen roads in such poor conditions.  Around the Kremlin, and in rich areas of Moscow, roads are OK.  Outside of this area, harsh Russian winter wreacks havoc on roads that were never built to European or US standards, as they would be in Chicago or Boston.  See this road in Volgograd:

This is why invading Russia has historically been impossible.  Of course, not all roads are like this - but many are.  

6. Only in Russia meme - Just google "Only in Russia" or checkout this article.

(Letters say "We watch you! - You must be 18+ to use this game)

7. Russia is not a pleasant country to live in.  The weather in winter is worse than in Canada, Wisconsin, Maine, or your average US northern city.  Only Alaska is comparable to Russian climate.  

8. Putin is not a dictator - he is just VERY popular.  But anyway, 3rd world countries usually have a "Putin" or "Castro" which is almost more than a President - a cultural leader.  Putin meets this criteria.  People keep photos of Putin on their walls.  They sell them, along with small busts of his head at every Metro station.  Russian people are simply crazy for Putin.  To understand this better here's a WAPO article on the topic.

9. In Russia there is not such a thing as 'consumer rights'.  Grocery stores sell spoiled food.  There's no 'return policy.'  

10. Corruption is just considered part of government life (see example here).  Finding a government official that was not corrupt, would be unusual.  For example, in a small town the government decides to 'renovate' streets and parks, so they assess a special tax to residents (normally, there is no real estate tax in Russia).  But 90% of the collected money goes into the pocket of the officials, and little is left to clean up the streets.

11. The average pension in Russia is $148 USD.  The average Russian pension is paid IN CASH by Government official on a monthly basis, at the property of the pensioner.

12.  24% of the entire population HAS A BANK ACCOUNT.  In the USA about 95% of eligible persons (excluding children, illegal immigrants) have bank accounts.

13. If using the income disparity guage of what is third world, experts say in this report from CNBC that RUSSIA IS THE MOST UNEQUAL country in the WORLD - even MORE than the Arabs.  What happened after the collapse of USSR, the Russian Elite allowed the seizure or 'privatization' of state assets by individuals who became 'Oligarchs' which are the US equivalent of "Robber Barons" that literally inherited state owned assets because they were really, really, really, really, really, really lucky.  But the practical fact is that an Oligarch class is needed for any Capitalist society to flourish.

Russia has grown by huge amounts.  They have produced some of the world's leading thinkers, scientists, artists, writers, composers, and other talent.  Now, the global Russian oligarch class challenges mainstream Western business.  But keep it all in perspective, Russia has a long way to go.  In the meantime, don't worry about Russian hackers breaking into your home office.  They have problems of their own to solve.

Don’t believe us – read some of these books and articles:

Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution.  

Armand Hammer: The Untold Story

A People's History of the United States

Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich

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Max Steel's picture

Lol . Ok if you say so.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Rubbish article by a cheap propagandist who is enchanted by his own fiction.

Before claiming yourself a self-professed "Russian Expert" you should either be 1) from Russia or 2) speak Russian language fluently, and have lived there for a number of years or 3) have extensively studied all things Russian.

Clearly, then,  this author by his own standards is not a "Russian Expert". It shows...

If you are none of these, and want to have a quick education on the subject, here's a few places to start:

The author exhibits strange and contradictory thought processes. He tells that Russia was born in 1990 and his first recommended text on Russian History was written by a Yale professor in 1961.

The book on "unnatural deaths" in the USSR was written in 1983 by a mathematician, not a historian, and is based largely on conjecture. No surprise that it mirrors "facts" established during the Cold War. After Soviet archives were gradually opened during the 1990s, it was discovered that the so-called unnatural deaths during the Stalin era were exaggerated by at least an order of magnitude.

These are things which can be learned by anyone with an internet connection and a desire to learn. The article's author seems predisposed to cling to a fabled past.

25% of males die before they are 55 years old, mostly due to alcohol.

The author appears to be stranded in the year 1996.

You have never seen roads in such poor conditions.

I have driven on roads in the US in such poor condition.

The weather in winter is worse than in Canada, Wisconsin, Maine, or your average US northern city.  Only Alaska is comparable to Russian climate.

The patient is confused in the testimony. Mushrooms or iodine deficiency?

Regarding the corruption in Russia, it certainly exists. However, Russian efforts to fight corruption are achieving results. Russian corruption is at roughly the same level as the US, and the current trend should soon rank it as less corrupt than the US.

http://www.heraldglobe.com/index.php/sid/243520769 <--- From this year, not last century.

This author is a wasted talent. He should join Hollywood. He is gone, totally insulated in his own fantasy world, unable to connect with reality except to reinforce his own fantasy.

Dr. Bonzo's picture

 But they lack the cultural background to make the switch to a fully market economy.

What I do like about this article is that the author, similar to many thousands of us who have left our homes and travelled the world pursuing our various interests and ambitions, having lived and worked and studied all over the world, have acquired a newfound appreciation for our home lands and for the delicate, complex and intricate historical, social, economic and cultural processes that transpired over the course of history to shape the West, and for example, not the East, or Africa, or even Latin America....

The rest of the world has developed more or less basking in the warm light of an inviting and open culture that has shared the fruits of our development. They did not have to nurture, train, educate and then foster Newtons or Bohrs or Edisons or Einsteins or Fords... all they had to do was take the finished products, the fruit of our culture our labor, our innovation... and copy it.... and repeat the process.

And in so doing, much was lost. The respect for the process was lost.... the fact that it took revolutions, wars, hundreds of years of careful and tedious learning; missteps, mistakes, more genocide, the slaughter of hundreds of thousands and then the pursuit of religious freedom, which became the cornerstone for fostering intellectual growth, individualism, the Western mind, the Work Ethic.... all of it. All the necessary ingredients that lead to satellites overhead and iphones in your pocket, the highways that string across your lands, the planes that fly overhead.

Which is why none of it was conceived in Nairobi, or Mumbai, or Kandahar or Osaka... they came West first... and then copied it.

Copying it was the easy part. Now try sustaining it. No... better yet, try building on it.

Now it all fails, and the culture that spawned the modern era is slowly being smothered to death by its very own elite, who themselves don't really seem to understand what exactly their inheritance really is.

When you travel outsiide the West, you slowly start to realize... the whole world is still a peasant-infested 3rd world shithole. Some places have slightly better amenities. Oh sure, they have flush toilets. Or cable. Or highspeed internet. Nice airports even. They people are all very nice. They just don't do courts. Or criminal procedure. Or medical hygiene to an acceptable standard. Or a slew of other things one finds trivial and irrelevant, until it becomes critical and is utterly unavailable. And it's still the 3rd fucking world. That's the part that's lost on most people, whiteys included.

Master Toms Dog's picture

Dr. B:  First paragraph is not a (complete) sentence; this rambling style detracts from your apparently unfinished point about the author.  FWIW, in my English-for-dogs class I was taught that a paragraph consists of one or more sentences.

steve2241's picture

Are you referring to: "But they lack the cultural background to make the switch to a fully market economy."?  How is that not a complete sentence? It's a quote from the article, without the quotation marks.  I though the Dr. Bonzo comment was the best in the thread!!!

Master Toms Dog's picture

"What I do like about this article is that the author ...."  Never connects back to this (do you see a subsequent "is" or "has" or the like -- I don't).  It is an interesting post, but I like Shemp's better.

Great SNL sketch with rambling non-sentences:

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/update-nicholas-fehn/n12176...

I Feel a little Qeasy's picture

...'Russian people are simply crazy for Putin.'

Yes, and they are not the only ones. I have been to the US, Fort Worth and Miami. 3rd world there too, like most of the US outside of large modern cities. But who the fuck would want to live in any large US city? Shit-holes the lot of them, inhabited by shit sandwich eating Neanderthal fuck-witted cock-sucking pig's bastards, and they have their bad point too.

steve2241's picture

Excellent overview globalintelhub!!!  Thanks.            

rphb's picture

No, Russia is a second world country,

1st world is the western block

2nd world is the eastern block

3th world is the unaligned nations.

PoasterToaster's picture
PoasterToaster (not verified) Dec 18, 2016 5:59 PM

 

In the USA about 95% of eligible persons (excluding children, illegal immigrants) have bank accounts.

This deserves some closer inspection.

Neochrome's picture

It escapes the author who is clearly pretty much clueless about Eastern Europe,  that the low rate of reliance on banks is because most of the people in Eastern Europe rely on family, relatives, friends and neighbors to help them in times of need. If you believe that banks can replace that kind of safety net you should go work for the New York Times.

Considering that it was the author that initiated comparison it is fair to invoke some US stats:

"Almost half of Americans would not be able to cover an unexpected expense of $500 or less. Almost a quarter would not be able to cover even $100. An estimated 22.9% of men and 22.7% of women say they don't have at least a Benjamin in their emergency fund. 

Having $500 in the bank for emergencies can give you a sense of financial security but for 41% of adults, it's still a pipe dream."

Mazzy's picture

Russia is a 1½'st world country.  If they could get some more investment and get their economy away from being so focused on 1st tier economic activities (extraction & harvesting) they will soar far beyond the already stunning trajectory that they're already on.

Putin during his time as president has literally DOUBLED per capita GDP.  Russia is doing so well that White Russians are actually reproducing again.  This is a good thing for civilization.

Russia has done quite well since throwing off the judeo-bolshevik yoke and ridding itself of it's backwater Central-Asian "stan" republics which would've only been a millstone holding the Russian people down.

bigrooster's picture

"Remember, Russia was born in 1990"

 

Is the author a complete fucking idiot?  Russia has been a country for centuries.  Speaking of 3rd world countries have you ever been to Detriot?

CoCosAB's picture

Detroit? What is that? A garbage site?

any_mouse's picture

A report from Yale. Skull & Bones. Spook Central. On par with a report from Harvard.

The Holodomor eradicated an entire people and culture, Christian white farmers, kulaks, with the most efficient agriculture in history. The blowback was the USSR had to depend on Western grain imports to survive until crashing. Added bonus the Holodomor was carried out by the precious Jews of the Bolshevik subtype.

Gavrilo Prinzip was run by Anarchist Jews out of Vienna. WW1 ensued.

History is a ledger of debits and credits.

PS asphalt pavement is sub optimal in heavy winter. What the photo shows is typical in the US in my experience. Freeze and thaw cycles crack the asphalt. Moisture gets into the cracks. Subsequent freezing expands the moisture and forces the pavement apart. Poor choice of road surface, not a moral defect. In the USA contractors use substandard materials and methods then get a new contract to repair the very same pavement they installed.

PPS this article is of the the type, "ignore the USA, look they are worse." Russia does not have military bases spread thickly around the globe. Is not actively involved in combat in a myriad of nations and conflicts where they are uninvited.

TheAnswerIs42's picture

It's called maintenance and if you can't do/afford it, then this shit happens, especially in a freeze thaw cycle latitude.

Curiously, it never happens in Fiji.

And the reason for asphalt is that it is a very flexible surface which does not require the more expensive substrate preparation as concrete.

Cheaper to build but sometimes more expensive to maintain.

For really expensive maintenance, try a gravel based road in an aggressive climate.

 

 

 

 

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) Dec 18, 2016 4:24 PM

The shot of the roads looks like east Baltimore.

CoCosAB's picture

I've seen worse in 1st European countries! And the weather is much better!

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----_- (not verified) Dec 18, 2016 3:56 PM

replace "Oligarchs" with jews and you hit the spot

CoCosAB's picture

Why?

 

The secular ruling Families are of Jew/German origin and they are the Oligachs!

 

Only if the purpose is to alert the slaves...

Yttrium Gold Nitrogen's picture

The pic with an aircraft was shot in Poland, I believe, at least according to license plates.

yttirum's picture

Strike 2 for GIH. This one was worse than the last.

PennilessPauper's picture

Boy this article by http://globalintelhub.com/ sure brings out the trolls.  Globalintelhub must be on to something!  I guess I will have to start reading their page again!

 

homonohumanus's picture

Such BS....

What the point speaking with ignorants... Russia is the R in BRIC... 

CoCosAB's picture

Brazil... Is fucked! We call it "Fossa Brasilis"!

India... Fucked it is... War on paper-money, ups sorry! War on illegal economy and other non-autorized deals!

Russia and China, are the only one's that are still in the zone!

Neochrome's picture

GTFO CIA, yeah, post picture of potholes and you win.

"This is why invading Russia has historically been impossible.  Of course, not all roads are like this - but many are.  "

 Yes, Russia moves it's armies using magic fairy dust, which is ironical considering that Fairyland is East and West Coast of USA.  Idea that you need to have flawless roads in order to fight a war is a reason why you dipshits can't tell your head from your ass. You gonna lecture somebody about history of Russia? You are fucking clueless about RIGHT NOW, no wonder everything comes as a "big surprise" to fucking idiots who think their purpose is to manufacture truth and reality.

 

bluto bicep's picture

Tribal infighting - never trust them, they hate you - unless you are a member.  Then they accuse you of hating yourself.

jmack's picture

LOL, you should have led with the Zinn book reccommendation, would have saved me the effort of reading your tripe.

 

Zinn commits all the sins for which he castigates the prior established history texts. He merely does it to serve a different master.

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/december/wineburg-historiography-zinn...

Iconoclast421's picture

Looks like a typical Michigan road.

richsob's picture

I am constantly amazed by how poor Russia is when I visit.  But the people are great.  Here's hoping we can all get along better now that Trump and Putin will be dealing directly with each other.

milking institute's picture

Another great Article by Globalbullshithub. don't even know where to start..  "The wheather is comparable only to Alaska" stated by somebody that obviously has never looked at a Map of Russia but they found a Picture of Potholes! wow

Who was that masked man's picture

To judge by the many you-tube videos, the Russian people are by and large a little crazy and wacky but they also seem very happy and carefree.

johnjkiii's picture

They're so used to the Bullshit government, they simply down the Vodka and ignore it. If you're not Putin's enemy, you're safe and the growth rate from below zero has made them all happy.

The Saint's picture

Are you referring to the Russian road rage videos?  Yeah, they seem happy and care free alright.  LOL

 

Who was that masked man's picture

No, I'm referring to the videos showing their daily lives. Those "road rage" videos are actually attempts at extortion but they mostly fail because everyone has cameras for self protection.  An unfortunate situation but they seem to deal with it and move on.

PrivetHedge's picture

Oh dear, I'm guessing that the author hasn't actually visited Russia.

In the US the road infrastructure is nothing to boast about, and europe's is on the way down. In Russia they have VERY cold winters which damage the roads but they are in general far better than that picture suggests, although the economic attacks by the US won't help road maintenance of course.

However the US has poisoned its aquifers now with fracking - including two giant ones in California, and have poisoned the land with pesticides and GM crops - in Russia you can still have decent Monsant/Bayer free food and drink - something difficult to put a price on.

Also in Russia there is a palpable sense of freedom, which is rather ironic given the propaganda. It's largely free of CCTV, petty regulations and parking/bus lane nazis - I suggest taking a trip to St. Petersburg and have a look at what the west is so jealous of.

 

As for Exhibit 3, Health Care, correct me if I'm wrong but Russia wins of every single row in the table over the US, except life expectancy, a lead I suspect the US won't have for very long as the heroin epidemic and infant mortality crsis continues to rise there. And of course the lead poisoning, both the slow cold type and the fast hot type.

HenryHall's picture

Quite many American seniors would like to go retire in Russia. Most likely near Sochi or Yalta.

But it simply isn't possible. There aren't any visas to suit that purpose.

Yttrium Gold Nitrogen's picture

A visa is only necessary to enter Russia.
Once in Russia, one needs to apply for a temporary residence permit.
After one year, one can apply for a permanent residence permit.
It's a messy procedure involving quotas, but at least in theory, it's doable.

Lazane's picture

The Pharisees are alive and well, always searching for another man of the people to crucify

bluto bicep's picture

What name do they go by now?  All are inferior to them, it is their religion that teaches them that - from the pit of hell.

roadhazard's picture

Everyone wants to immigrate to Russia because of their freedoms.

jfb's picture

Very interesting article. However ifI can see some disadvantages with an economy based on decentralization/anarchy there are still some positives aspects too. A sophisticated economy with a highlevel of centralization (where the banks control everything) like in the US is also very vulnerable

TheReplacement's picture

Based on personal experience, a very bullshit article.  Some examples:

The author thinks it is a bad thing that the economy is private, as in so private the government has a hard time getting its filthy mitts on your moola.  Fuck this author with a cactus.

Healthcare - they have more doctors and beds per capita and it all costs significantly less than the US or other "developed" countries.  Let the author wait for an appointment in Canada to have said cactus removed from his ass.

Streets - so sorry but many American cities have crumbling streets and bridges.  Boston is nearest and it is a nightmare for driving.  On the other hand, the streets in Russia, even the dilapitaded ones are clean.  Just judging by the trash quotient Russia is far and away superior to western cities.

In Russia citizens are able to easily convert their currencies on just about any street corner so they can work with inflation/deflation to their personal benefit.  In the US you have to make a real effort to exchange, fill out forms, and end up giving away a lot of it as fees and taxes if you make a profit.  See cactus comment.

Most taxi drivers I've used in Russia were not Russian but immigrants from one of the stans or Eastern Europe.  They go to Russia because there is opportunity there and none in their homelands.  They are also very courteous and multilingual.  Negotiating the price is definitely a plus in my book.  Can you imagine having a private car for two hours in NYC while paying a grand total of $40 and that is because you feel bad about paying less?

Yes, the backwaters are less developed than Moscow and St. Petes.  It is a huge country with adverse winters that deteriorate infrastructure beyond what we see in most cases. 

Oh, and I have NEVER been asked for money by a government official in Russia.  Anyone who thinks you don't have to pay bribes to grease the gears of local government in NYC or Chicago is just a complete moron. 

I guess my point is that this author has a fucked up sense of what actually makes a third world country and definitely has rose colored glasses that prevent him from seeing reality.  We all live in transition.  The US is in transition from 1st to 3rd world.  Russia is on the opposite trajectory. 

 

ebear's picture

"Boston is nearest and it is a nightmare for driving."

Still?  I  was in Boston in 1976 for the bi-centennial and the roads were a complete joke - major potholes, traffic lights stuck on red - in one part of town the streets were crisscrossed with firehoses connecting water hydrants to by-pass leaking mains.  Water all over the place.

Highlight of the trip was the USS Constitution (I love old ships).  Other than that, a complete waste of time.

I thought they fixed all that shit?  Didn't they build a massive tunnel or something?

Wahooo's picture

This guy's checklist is great!

If everything in and of the state is basically and profoundly corrupt:

US - Check

If nothing really works but there is always ‘a way’:

US - Defined "nothing", much in the US doesn't work unless you grease some palms or know the workaround.

If you have to pay the authorities when entering or leaving the  country. If you have to do both you’re actually in a Fourth World  country!

US - Check, entering requires coyote assistance or drug lord permission

If the price of taxis are either totally negotiable or strictly determined by government regulations—amounting to the same.

US - Check

If there’s always a taxi and a willing driver to be found.

US - Good luck if you're black

If there are no ways of proving whether you’ve been drinking and/or speeding behind the wheel.

US - Asset seizure excuse

If the government doesn’t care whether you’ve been drinking and/or speeding.

US - Government really doesn't care, but the military police do

If road patrols routinely consist of heavily armed military.

US - Absolutely, the police are militarized

If the paint on the bathroom walls have been allowed to stain the  shower tiles as well. In this particular respect, Italy, Spain and  France would easily qualify as ‘Third World countries’. The Greeks and  the peoples of the Balkan countries, on the other hand, don’t do this. I  guess they admire the Germans and have to some degree been influenced  by them.

US - Motels are routinely disgusting

If painting the doors also on the inside is considered an unnecessary expense.

US - Everything is considered an unnecessary expense, espeically jobs.

Hongcha's picture

Wahoo, you kow nothing about the US and are only parroting what you find on the www during your endless search for a life.

fleur de lis's picture

Russian history is indeed fascinating.

Who knows where they would be now had not Western funded NWO parasites dragged them down with the filthy Bolshevik Revolution.

As long as they can keep their culture intact they will rebuild.

Europe can look down their noses at the Russians all they like while they remain oblivious to the fact that they are being destroyed by the same NWO parasites.

But the Europeans should be careful about their overconfidence.

They may be asking the Russians for asylum in the future when their newcomer migrants start to increase the attacks on the locals in broad daylight with no fear of the police.

 

bluto bicep's picture

Western funded NWO parasites?  You can't quite bring yourself to call them what they are, can you?  Which is smart, because it can cost you to actually mutter their name.

"If you want to know who rules over you, find out whom you cannot criticize" - Voltaire

fleur de lis's picture

There were zionists and more than enough others.

Wilson, Rockefeller, Carnegie, etc. were all in on it.

As for parasites, yes the Rothchilds always were and still are probably the biggest parasites.

In our own time the Bushes and all their sleazy freinds are parasites, as are the CIA employees.