PUTIN FEARS the formation of independent centers of power and has brought about a situation in which all the most important companies—particularly those engaged in the production of raw materials—have become his political fiefdoms.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
What's Wrong With Russia
Again from Arts and Letters Daily: The Russian Conundrum: Growing Economy, Failing Society. The article seems to be saying that because Russia has an abundance of natural resources (oil), that it is concerned with inflation, which causes the government to remove freedom and crush political dissent. I think the more likely explanation comes from this sentence in the article: