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Old 08-14-2012, 10:01 PM
 
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In 2012, the average Ivan is earning more than the average John. Amazing, isn't it?
And how did you calculate that? Lol
DO you know the dirlfference between American and Russian GDP? Look it up, Ivan
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:03 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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As far as existence of excellent transportation systems in all Russian cities is concerned, well, now you entered science-fiction
How would you know?
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:05 PM
 
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And how did you calculate that? Lol
DO you know the dirlfference between American and Russian GDP? Look it up, Ivan
He claims to be an economist. This is the kind of thing the Russian university economics programs churn out. Behold: Exibit A.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:10 PM
 
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Nevertheless to most Europeans Russia is wild wild west inhabited by Mongol hordes, ready to attack and plunder. Europeans still remember who's rockets were aimedbat European cities or who occupied central Europe.
Don't fool yourself, most Europeans wouldn't dare to go to Moscow.
You mean, the wild East, don't you?

And yet, Germany did considerable investment in Russia in the early 2000's, built factories, ran tour groups to all parts of the country (even the Mongol parts), invited Mongol (!) artists to exhibit their work in Germany, and generally behaved like old chums at a reunion. Life is full of surprises, isn't it?

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Old 08-14-2012, 10:32 PM
 
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Most like the fact that in Russia girls are prettier and much cheaper.
Good luck affording some "cheap" Russian chick

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And how did you calculate that? Lol
DO you know the dirlfference between American and Russian GDP? Look it up, Ivan
$1=15 roubles. Check the classifieds for salaries. Much more representative than GDP that measures GDP
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:33 PM
 
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Aren't you the guy who uploaded umpteen photos of the new bridge in Vladivostok?
There's a difference between building a bridge, demolishing a few buildings, and building a road, demolishing hundreds of buildings, including protected historical ones.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:47 PM
 
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Back to the title question, the real reason is simply that there was way too much harassment of the Soviet Union from virtually all the industrialized world, which largely took the form of a continuous military threat, far too costly to defend against, which economically bled the USSR dry.

It was like a chess game, which the Americans and allies started after WWII with already a couple of pieces advantage, and in terms of escalating military threats, could force the exchange of costly pieces until the Soviets had nothing left but their king in a corner.
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:38 AM
 
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Back to the title question, the real reason is simply that there was way too much harassment of the Soviet Union from virtually all the industrialized world, which largely took the form of a continuous military threat, far too costly to defend against, which economically bled the USSR dry.

It was like a chess game, which the Americans and allies started after WWII with already a couple of pieces advantage, and in terms of escalating military threats, could force the exchange of costly pieces until the Soviets had nothing left but their king in a corner.
This is what the West would like to believe, but the reality is much more complex than that.
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:46 AM
 
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How would you know?
Travel. Why?
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:49 AM
 
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Because you think it is an advantage, forgetting that unlike in Western Europe Soviet Russians could not afford cars. Public transportation was not a choice.... lol
When the gas will hit $6 a gallon, ( and up) we'll start talking about "choices" and what kind of city planning was wiser to begin with.
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