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PostPredicting Russia's Future: Mikhail Dmitriev (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 03/21/15 1:36 pm)
In response to Richard Hancock (20 March), Mikhail Dmitriev was not only president of New Economic Growth, he was also a member of the Commission on Economic reform 1994-95 in the Russian government, a project leader and Deputy Director in the Institute of Economic Analysis, program associate in the Carnegie Moscow Centre of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 1996-97, First Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Development of the Russian Federation 1997-98, again at the Carnegie Moscow Center as a scholar in residence 1998-2000, and First deputy minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation 2000-2004. He has many affiliations and Honours/Awards, including an Adam Smith Prize.
Well it may seem that Mikhail Dmitriev is responsible for the terrible economical mess of the Russian privatization, with the creation of the horrible oligarchs. Moreover, he is highly influenced by the Western Bankers and the US Empire's views, so I am taking his words with great care.
By the way yesterday the Moscow Times reported that that the US has redeployed airborne troops of the 173rd brigade to the Western Ukraine Lviv region. This is not the correct way to achieve Richard's hope for an amicable agreement between Russia and the Western Powers. Just suppose the US were at war against, let's say, Southern California whose (supposed) Latino majority were seeking independence or union with Mexico. If Russia sent its paratroopers to help Mexico, how would the Americans feel?
JE comments: I'm not sure I can wrap my mind around Eugenio Battaglia's analogy. Wouldn't a more fitting one be if "regional separatists" were seeking to annex Tijuana and Baja California Sur to the US, the American military were secretly arming and helping them, and Russia sent paratroopers, say, to Mazatlán? Granted, this scenario would certainly anger Washington.
The Russian "economic miracle" appeared to be working until a little over a year ago. Then it was hit by the double-whammy of plummeting oil prices and military adventurism. How many remember that even during the Sochi Olympics, Russia gave off the aura of a rising economic powerhouse? Historians might remember this "show" as the high-water mark of Putin's Russia. It's hard not to think of Berlin in 1936.