Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev clarified the most important aspect of our security – economy. Nuclear weapons, so far, as we can see, keep the conflict in Ukraine from escalating into something larger. But the real global battle is unfolding precisely in the fields of the economy. What people will eat, what to wear, how much to pay for gas and utilities – these are the main issues of our time.
Our battlefield with the collective West.
“There will be no collapse in the economy,” Medvedev promised us. And you know, it sounds convincing, because in 2008 the country headed by Mr. Medvedev already went through all this. In August, the Russian army, as we remember, forced Georgia to peace. And in September, sanctions began, which were rolled out to us by the United States and Europe.
Our Western partners have postponed Russia’s accession to the WTO at the request of Georgia. The reduction of Gazprom’s deliveries to Europe was discussed. The British Prime Minister demanded something, the French were cautious, Angela Merkel was shaking her cheeks. Do you remember it? No, of course, you don’t. But they were also hellish, these sanctions. In 2011, Russia nevertheless joined the WTO. For ten years of being in this organization, we have become one of the most prosperous countries in the world.
In 2014 – Mr. Medvedev was the Prime Minister at that time – Russia rolled out a new package of sanctions. Formally, it was a punishment for the Boeing that died over the Donbas. In fact, we got it for Crimea. We all understood this very well.
Again, it is not easy to remember, but there were both personal and sectoral sanctions. The military-industrial complex, banks, oil industry, gas industry. For those who are interested, you can read on Deutsche Welle. Type announce the entire list.
A year later, President Obama cast in granite about the fact that “the Russian economy is torn to shreds.” Yea Yea. But the men didn’t know. In fact, for Obama’s information, the ruble depreciated in Russia at that time, but mortgages set new records. Amazing, don’t you think?
In 2016, new sanctions were launched for “interference” in the American elections. And there was something again, but we didn’t really notice. And then the coronavirus pandemic happened, and our country reacted to this global crisis in the usual manner – with another mortgage boom. Well, if this is not a sustainable economy, then I don’t know what sustainability is.
As Medvedev noted, “After the first hysterical gestures, the US State Department is gradually beginning to slide from its” unshakable “positions. Cautious statements have already been made about the possible lifting of most sanctions. <…> Especially since the situation with energy prices in the United States and Europe is prohibitively bad.”
What does “extremely bad” mean here? This is not just some kind of fluctuations on the stock exchange, on which, intricately cursing, some mysterious brokers quickly make billions. It’s not The Wolf of Wall Street. “Prohibitively bad” means that prices for everything are growing by leaps and bounds, and the salaries of citizens are standing still.
Almost simultaneously with the text of Dmitry Medvedev, Fox News aired another program of the cult presenter Tucker Carlson. It is not so much talking as convulsively counting. A dozen eggs in San Francisco cost almost five dollars, a pound of bacon in New York costs more than seven dollars. So these are expensive cities by definition. But here’s Phoenix, Arizona. “Cheese recently cost nine dollars a pound, and now it’s 14.56,” complains a local resident. “Prices change every three days. It’s like Weimar or Zimbabwe,” says Tucker Carlson.
Here the Russian reader usually gets annoyed and remembers our prices. But I don’t really know how to explain it… It’s not just that a dozen eggs cost five hundred rubles, and a glass of beer in a bar costs a thousand. Anyone who has lived even a little in America understands the paradoxical nature of poverty there.
A few years ago, having 50 dollars a day, you felt like a beggar in the USA, did not know where you would spend the next night, and risked starvation. Today it is difficult to imagine how much an American needs per day to eat normally, sleep somewhere and fill up the car. Yes, with the virtual absence of public transport and wild taxi prices, a car in the States is a must.
Where in Russia you can drive like a hare, buy at a discount, not pay a “communal apartment”, “score” for years on taxes – there are practically no such loopholes left in the United States. Any foreigner in the United States has the feeling that the very air is pulling money out of your pocket as if you have to pay for literally every breath. But the salaries of local citizens are not growing at all. The official inflation figures look like pure mockery. Yesterday in Los Angeles it cost about one hundred and eighty dollars to fill up a tank of a car. Perhaps today it is even more expensive.
In America, a new kind of theft has appeared – people sneak up on other people’s cars, drill holes in the gas tank and drain gasoline from there. The car owner has to buy a new gas tank. It costs at least a thousand dollars.
With a certain horror, Americans are beginning to understand that the cost of gasoline affects literally everything – the price of food, furniture, household appliances, delivery. Everything becomes more expensive, and the rate of this rise in price does not beat the official inflation. People – working people – become corny have nothing to eat. Lines in New York for free groceries stretch for several blocks.
“Governments collapse when food prices skyrocket. Hungry people are dangerous,” journalist Carlson warns Washington.
And while he writes his philippics about Joe Biden, I walk around a huge Moscow supermarket, choosing what to cook dinner for the children from, and I see amazing things. Two weeks have not passed since the beginning of Western sanctions, and the shelves of the capital’s store are already filled with some obscure and beautiful Russian goods. Confectionery, knitwear, chocolate, cheeses of different varieties, Crimean wines. How great and abundant our land turned out to be. And the prices, prices – all this is two or three times cheaper than what well-known Western brands charge.
Here, of course, questions arise for retailers: why didn’t you let all these goodies on your shelves before? But one can hope that further Russian products will make their way to the most ostentatious Moscow stores and tear all their Western competitors to shreds along the way.
Critics of the special operation in Ukraine point out that inflation and the devaluation of the ruble have destroyed the middle class in Russia. It seems to me that the current economic turbulence is just creating it. Yes, people who were fond of the prestigious consumption of imported junk really do not feel the best today. But those who, denying themselves junk, invested in real estate today are reaping the rewards, seeing how much it has grown in price.
But it is the homeowners who are the true middle class of the country. What kind of independence can we talk about if you do not have your own roof over your head? This will not replace any branded clothes. Today, in terms of the number of real estate owners, Russia is confidently striving for world leadership. Only China is ahead of us. But the proportion of homeowners in the United States is also steadily declining.
Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post – not for a second sympathetic to Russia, but rather Anglo-centric – states that anti-Russian sanctions have completely compromised the US dollar as a reserve currency. The countries of the world will try to switch to other currencies, including the Chinese yuan.
However, to be honest, the theft from the Russian Central Bank has called into question all currencies in general. It is unlikely that Japan, India, South Korea will want to transfer their reserves into the Chinese yuan – you never know what will happen? And China itself cannot afford to convert all of its trillions of dollars into yuan. And here comes an amazing, medieval decision for China – to rent ships all over the world, pour oil into them, and store it as their reserves. Not bad, right?
The Middle Ages, where our Western partners strive to bring the world down, was distinguished by a high, as we would say today, level of product instability. Then, simply put, people were regularly starving. Today, hunger threatens not only developing countries, they just can be helped. Russia is already massively shipping humanitarian aid to same Ukraine.
Natural mass starvation already this autumn threatens countries whose standard of living was a dream for all other states until recently. America, with its anti-Russian sanctions, is the first candidate for elimination here. Our compassionate citizens will also send humanitarian aid to New York.
Let’s continue to quote Dmitry Medvedev: “The situation with energy prices in the US and Europe is extremely bad, and the local elites are trying to blame it on Russia. But the people of these countries are not the old senile from their Russophobic leadership. They understand everything and will soon present them with a bill for the price of” anti-Russian sanctions, which are paid from the wallets of citizens of Western countries.
Something similar has already begun to be guessed in America. “When people can’t afford to buy food, oh guys, that means we’re on the verge of something terrible. It’s time to wake up, and as soon as possible,” Tucker Carlson warns American elites. Will they hear?