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Prospects for degradation: how else can the United States "punish" Russia

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Unusual and extraordinary threat



Russia poses an extraordinary threat to the United States. Joe Biden's rhetoric in the preface to the new sanctions openly smacks of populism - it is required to turn as large a part of the population as possible against Moscow. Or at least explain to the electorate why Washington continues to destroy diplomatic relations with one of the leading nuclear powers in the world. In the United States, accusations are already being heard against the president-elect of unleashing a new Cold War.

In the meager list of "extraordinary" claims against Russia, the American president voiced transnational corruption, the oppression of dissidents or journalists in other countries and at home, as well as the violation of the territorial integrity of the state borders of third countries. The United States itself was allegedly harmed by hacker attacks and interference in democratic elections.

The new US sanctions package was just as unimpressive. At least, the financial sector expected much more, and the ruble even grew due to the “joy”. The United States has imposed an "emergency" regime on Moscow. And the most important of these were the restrictions on Russia's public debt. American investors were banned from buying new government debt after June 14, 2021.

It sounds, of course, menacing. But there is nothing critical about this - not many foreigners have invested in government bonds of the Central Bank of Russia, the Ministry of Finance and the National Welfare Fund. According to the calculations of domestic economists, a little more than 1/5 of the Russian national debt belonged to foreign capitalists. At the same time, Biden does not yet prohibit American residents from buying securities of the Russian Federation on the secondary market. By the way, entrepreneurial financial structures have already taken this into account and offered foreign investors, who are not ready to put up with American militancy, their scheme for selling the Russian state debt. A Russian bank acting in the interests of foreign agents will simply buy new Russian debt obligations for itself and then resell the securities to foreigners. The algorithm, of course, is a bit confused, but it is unlikely to stop the real connoisseurs of Russian bonds.

16 individuals and 16 organizations were also subject to sanctions, one of which is Positive Technologies, a well-known company in narrow circles. By the way, this is the largest of the firms that fell under American restrictions with a $ 580 million budget. Positive Technologies ranks 15th in the list of the largest Russian IT companies. Naturally, the State Department suspects the company of cooperation with all possible Russian special services and blames it for the cyberattacks on the United States.

Such insignificant sanctions from Washington and the extremely belligerent attitude of the US presidential administration make one think about the potential for expanding pressure on Russia from across the ocean. Joe Biden is quite unambiguously hinting about this to the Russian leadership.

What else to wait


First of all, the administration of the US President is considering the possibility of banning the purchase of Russian public debt in the secondary market. This will cover the above-described scheme of avoiding sanctions retaliation and can really turn some buyers away from securities. But the domestic banking sector is quite capable of taking on a considerable share of the lost foreign investments, since the banks have now accumulated enough free assets for this.

But the restriction on the ownership of already purchased public debt assets can seriously reduce the cost of Russian securities with all the ensuing consequences for the economy.


Sanctions can be indirect.

For example, in line with a fresh portion of anti-Russian hysteria in the Czech Republic with the expulsion of diplomats and the exclusion of Rosatom from the tender for the construction of the Dukovany nuclear power plant. Moreover, the American Westinghouse will most likely win the tender for the construction of a new power unit of the nuclear power plant. This, for the information of the US State Department, will be an excellent illustration of the alleged innocence of the United States in transnational corruption. Americans can be more rude. For example, increase supplies weapons to Ukraine. At the very least, the likelihood of such scenarios is non-zero, and is capable of provoking the Kremlin to take much harsher measures than sending the US ambassadors home.

It is noteworthy that Joe Biden, who promised "sanctions from hell" to Moscow at one time, still hesitated to impose restrictions on systemically important corporations. For example, to announce sanctions for Gazprom, Rosneft or Alrosa. The Americans already have a similar experience - in 2018, American restrictions seriously affected Oleg Deripaska's business, and he had to relinquish control over his own Rusal.

Interestingly, in this regard, some companies are seriously worried about their own business in Russia. So, the Renault group recently in a hurry returned to the place of the president of "AvtoVAZ" Frenchman Nicolas Maure. Experts are confident that this is a tactical move by the French in anticipation of new Washington sanctions against the Kremlin. Mor is known primarily as a crisis manager who can effectively manage in the face of financial turbulence. Obviously, Renault expects galloping inflation due to the growth of the dollar and euro, as well as a significant decrease in demand for its own products. Whether the expectations of the cautious French will come true, and whether Mor can really help in this situation, time will tell.

Should the Kremlin never abandon its supposedly aggressive actions, Washington could roll up heavy artillery. For several years now, rumors have been circulating about the possibility of disconnecting Russia from the SWIFT international payment system. This will indeed be a very serious test for the Russian financial system, since all foreign currency payments will be completely stopped for an indefinite period and foreign accounts will be blocked. Americans cannot cancel transactions in rubles within the country, since the Bank of Russia has its own information system for this purpose.

However, the Americans do not have formal tools to disconnect Russia from the worldwide SWIFT payment system. Simply because this office does not belong to Washington and is an international organization. SWIFT representatives have repeatedly stated that it is impossible to exclude Russian banks from the system. Russia does not have a particularly large share of turnover in the global payment system - only about 1,5%, but we are the second largest in the world in terms of the number of connected credit institutions.

The example of disconnecting Iranian banks from SWIFT is not the most indicative. Tehran has several times less currency turnover within the system and much less political weight than Russia on a global scale. Simply put, declaring such a war on Iran is much safer than Russia. Although SWIFT is considered a monopoly in the field of fast and secure international payments, the system already has analogues in the world. In 2015, China prudently secured itself with the creation of CIPS (China International Payment System), which for some time could help Russia survive the acute de-dollarization.


Photo: SWIFT

The Kremlin is also capable of decisive action in response to further deterioration in relations with Washington.

Of course, Russia has limited levers of economic influence on the world's first economy, but they are still there. First, Moscow could close the airspace to civilian aviation countries of the NATO bloc, or multiply the payment for the flight. Secondly, to prohibit the transportation of goods of the countries initiating the sanctions along the Trans-Siberian Railway. This, of course, will have a heavy impact on the Russian economy, but it will be a quite tangible response for the overly zealous West. And, finally, when economic levers become ineffective, the time will come to freeze diplomatic relations with the closure of all consulates, embassies, the expulsion of diplomats and military attachés.

What does this mean?

This means a complete halt in the coordination of actions, including in the military sphere. And here we are not far from direct conflict. We can only hope that Russia's foreign opponents understand this.
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  1. Sahalinets
    Sahalinets April 21 2021 04: 22
    +11
    Given our technological dependence on the West, they can shit on us in full. BUT for some reason they don't really want to. But it would be very easy to freeze the accounts and property of Putin's oligarch friends abroad. That would be a blow! But they want to negotiate a campaign, it remains to find out - with whom and about what?
    But for us, ordinary people, it will suck for any ...
    1. military_cat
      military_cat April 21 2021 06: 47
      -3
      Quote: Sahalinets
      But they want to negotiate a campaign, it remains to find out - with whom and about what?

      Yes, they speak about it in plain text. But the Russian government cannot agree to this, since its support within the country will collapse from this. We, ordinary people, suck, because it is necessary to keep the ruling elite at the administrative levers, and this is its main and priority task.
      1. bandabas
        bandabas April 21 2021 18: 24
        0
        Do not worry. They will agree among themselves. For the sake of interest, today I fully watched the appeal of the Guarantor to the gathering of "defective managers". Oil oil.
    2. Civil
      Civil April 21 2021 07: 22
      +6
      Firstly, Moscow can close the airspace for civil aviation of the NATO bloc countries, or multiply the payment for the flight.

      It works both ways. Flying through (to) Europe, for example, and there the elite have everything they have acquired. And the main traffic to NATO (with Turkey). And on the money for the flight over Russia, the whole Aeroflot is supported. The collapse of the aviation industry. Everything is too tied up.
      Secondly, to prohibit the transportation of goods of the countries initiating the sanctions along the Trans-Siberian Railway. This, of course, will have a heavy impact on the Russian economy.

      Well, we'll finish off Russian Railways at the same time, there are few reductions and layoffs.
      freezing diplomatic relations with the closure of all consulates, embassies, the expulsion of diplomats and military attachés

      So what? What is the tragedy for NATO? The DPRK and Iran sever relations from time to time, what has changed?

      All measures that could be taken have already been taken. How can the EU and the USA, the country of the 3rd world harm? Like Pakistan (with nuclear weapons).
      And here we are not far from direct conflict.

      All that remains is to blackmail the war, which is exactly what the DPRK is doing.
      Moreover, the economic model became untenable back in 2013, and the sanctions only finished the job.
      1. Alexey Sommer
        Alexey Sommer April 21 2021 11: 05
        +3
        Quote: Civil
        Moreover, the economic model became untenable back in 2013, and the sanctions only finished the job.

        One can disagree with both the first part of this phrase and the second.
        1. Basarev
          Basarev April 21 2021 13: 46
          +3
          I suspect that in fact the economic model became untenable back in 2007. The crisis of the eighth year showed this very clearly. In the West, it only affected high bankers, while ordinary citizens lived as before and knew about the crisis only from TV. And in our country, out of nowhere, people became poorer at times, they threw out entire departments from work without a clear reason.
          1. gsev
            gsev April 22 2021 23: 54
            +2
            Quote: Basarev
            And in our country, out of nowhere, people became poorer at times, they threw out entire departments from work without a clear reason.

            Since 2008, office plankton have really had difficulties, but the real production, on the contrary, is reviving.
            1. Basarev
              Basarev April 23 2021 00: 22
              -1
              Few people know that all normal countries are trying to merge real production at a much cheaper price, for example, in Cambodia. Let the savages there breathe poisonous vapors. And theirs are all neat, dust-free office work and an easy life. Office plankton - this is the middle class, the main supporter of the state, for which the normal state will lay its bones. But here it is oppressed, which is why the economy is so terrible. Once it was calculated that for a normal economy at least 70% should be middle class. Just that despised office plankton.
              1. gsev
                gsev April 23 2021 01: 17
                0
                Quote: Basarev
                Office plankton - this is the middle class, the main supporter of the state, for which a normal state will fall by the bones. But here it is oppressed, which is why the economy is so terrible.

                In Russia, very often institutions and firms are overcrowded with relatives and confidants of the owners of the companies. In addition, the state pursues or pursued a policy of filling companies with dead souls. Russian office plankton are incapable of creating anything original and can hardly only keep existing production afloat. For example, numerous manipulations by effective production optimization managers at Moscow aviation enterprises brought these plants to a state that it became impossible to transfer the accumulated knowledge to the incoming shift. A modern employee from the representatives of this plankton simply considers himself to be a link for transmitting orders and does not consider it necessary to know the engineering calculation, the technology of setting up and adjusting the equipment.
      2. Mitroha
        Mitroha April 21 2021 19: 10
        +2
        foreign opponents of Russia.

        Well, at least not partners and that's a plus laughing
      3. Mitroha
        Mitroha April 21 2021 19: 14
        -1
        Quote: Civil
        and there the elite have everything they have acquired.

        Here is a fine fellow, he put his life on keeping an eye on the "elite". Surely you know all the passwords and accounts. Well tell me where, how much and who has it. How will it begin to divide laughing
      4. Semyon Sukhov
        Semyon Sukhov April 21 2021 23: 44
        -1
        Only an underdeveloped and poorly educated mongrel Anal can call a country like Russia "a country of the 3rd world, like Pakistan"
        1. evgen1221
          evgen1221 April 22 2021 18: 28
          +1
          And what are the many differences plus chtoli? Stably roll down to the banana column.
        2. gsev
          gsev April 23 2021 01: 20
          0
          Quote: Semyon Sukhov
          "a country of the 3rd world, like Pakistan"

          Pakistan also has nuclear missiles, developed agriculture and industry. I will assume that the average salary of a doctor, engineer and designer in Pakistan is much higher than in Russia.
        3. Aleksandr1971
          Aleksandr1971 April 29 2021 08: 22
          -1
          You yourself are Anal.
          A. Navalny strives for the greatness of Russia.
    3. Yura
      Yura April 21 2021 15: 20
      +3
      Quote: Sahalinets
      Given our technological dependence on the West, they can shit on us in full. BUT for some reason they don't really want to.

      Quote: Sahalinets
      But they want to negotiate a campaign, it remains to find out - with whom and about what?

      It's simple, they slowly sometimes imperceptibly for themselves (there are reasons for this - of an economic nature, the climatic factor and some others), they become dependent on Russia, for example -
      MOSCOW, August 14 - RIA Novosti, Natalia Dembinskaya. For six months, the United States received from Russia more than nine million tons of oil products - this is an absolute record since 2004. At the same time, Washington is trying in every possible way to stop Nord Stream 2 in order to prevent Europe's growing dependence on Russian energy resources. Why, at the same time, the Americans themselves got hooked on them, RIA Novosti figured out.
      From January to July, Russia earned $ 2,2 billion from the sale of petroleum products to the United States, according to the data of the Federal Customs Service. More than 7,46 million tons were sent overseas, which is 12 percent of total exports. The Netherlands bought the most - 12,19 million tons, the Americans in second place, in third place - Malta with 4,4 million tons.
      Moreover, the Netherlands and Malta are transit hubs, from there oil products are sent to other countries. That is, actual exports to the United States may be even higher, since the FCS does not take into account such supplies.
      Nothing personal: the United States bought a record amount of oil from Russia
      08: 00 14.08.2020
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      Oil rocking chair
      © RIA Novosti / Maxim Bogodvid
      Read ria.ru at
      MOSCOW, August 14 - RIA Novosti, Natalia Dembinskaya. For six months, the United States received from Russia more than nine million tons of oil products - this is an absolute record since 2004. At the same time, Washington is trying in every possible way to stop Nord Stream 2 in order to prevent Europe's growing dependence on Russian energy resources. Why, at the same time, the Americans themselves got hooked on them, RIA Novosti figured out.
      Record export
      From January to July, Russia earned $ 2,2 billion from the sale of petroleum products to the United States, according to the data of the Federal Customs Service. More than 7,46 million tons were sent overseas, which is 12 percent of total exports. The Netherlands bought the most - 12,19 million tons, the Americans in second place, in third place - Malta with 4,4 million tons.
      Moreover, the Netherlands and Malta are transit hubs, from there oil products are sent to other countries. That is, actual exports to the United States may be even higher, since the FCS does not take into account such supplies.

      Indeed, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), US imports of Russian oil in the first five months of the year almost reached 68 million barrels, or 9,3 million tons. This is more than the FCS for six months, since the EIA does not record the country of dispatch, but the manufacturer.
      In addition, in July, the Americans increased their purchases of Russian fuel oil - by 16 percent compared to June.
      Ground docking point of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Lubmin
      12 August 2020, 08: 00
      Tough answer: EC will protect Nord Stream 2 from US sanctions
      There is nothing to replace
      The point is that the United States has deprived itself of Venezuelan heavy oil, and the technology of a number of oil refineries does not allow using only light oil coming from the Permian Basin and West Texas. It must be mixed with the heavy one purchased from South America. But Trump imposed sanctions on the Venezuelan state-owned company PVSDA, and the refinery faced serious problems with raw materials.
      The most difficult situation is the factories of the Gulf of Mexico and the East Coast, including Citgo Petroleum, Valero Energy, Chevron.
      An alternative could be oil from Saudi Arabia, which is close in chemical composition, but the Saudis refused to increase production. As a result, the economy pushed aside politics - they had to turn to Russia.
      "Washington is doing everything to prevent Gazprom from completing the construction of Nord Stream 2. However, this does not hinder cooperation if economic interests coincide," said Alexander Razuvaev, head of the IAC Alpari.
      https://ria.ru/20200814/1575732659.html
  2. samarin1969
    samarin1969 April 21 2021 05: 21
    +9
    [quote] [The Kremlin is also capable of decisive action in response to the further degradation of relations with Washington / quote]
    Able "theoretically" and "hypothetically". I agree with Sakhalin. It is difficult to imagine at least one production facility with 100% localization in the Russian Federation.
    But the main thing is the lack of political will. Since 2014, it has long been possible to create alternative payment systems, reduce investment dependence, get out of the IMF, CE, WTO and a thousand more patriotic events that are absolutely meaningless for the Russian Federation.
    Americans and their servants trite do not believe in a military-political "response". No one is personally capable of it in the Russian Federation. Therefore, they are rude and pressured confidently, slowly and demonstratively.
    1. mister-red
      mister-red April 21 2021 19: 23
      +1
      Quote: samarin1969
      It is difficult to imagine at least one production facility with 100% localization in the Russian Federation.

      And in some other country you can imagine this, and if so, name this production and this country
  3. Ren
    Ren April 21 2021 06: 48
    -3
    One of the most effective, in my opinion, retaliatory sanctions is a ban on transit (non-stop) flights of civil and transport aircraft of the USA, Canada, Japan, Great Britain, etc. over the territory of the Russian Federation.
    1. Andylw
      Andylw April 21 2021 18: 03
      0
      Aeroflot lives by paying for these flights
      under the knife?
      bomb Voronezh again?
  4. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 April 21 2021 06: 57
    +7
    This means a complete halt in the coordination of actions, including in the military sphere.
    One might think that today diplomatic activity is being carried out fruitfully and for the benefit of both sides. In the military sphere, they still somehow agree, but in hot spots (the same Syria) where a direct collision is possible in the event of an extraordinary situation or provocation. About the sanctions. Did anyone harbor any illusions about their removal or weakening?
  5. Koval Sergey
    Koval Sergey April 21 2021 07: 06
    +19
    Subordinating the Central Bank of the Russian Federation to the government, changing the "Russian" side of 86-FZ, especially Article 22, is also a good answer.
    1. Antonio_Mariarti
      Antonio_Mariarti April 21 2021 18: 34
      -4
      Quote: Koval Sergey
      Subordinating the Central Bank of the Russian Federation to the government, changing the "Russian" side of 86-FZ, especially Article 22, is also a good answer.

      It will only get worse
  6. akims
    akims April 21 2021 09: 40
    +5
    GDP reminds me of Leopold the cat from the cartoon. Here are just not two mice and there are very large ones))) He would be bought with wild animals
  7. kriten
    kriten April 21 2021 10: 04
    +2
    The United States has many huge assets in Russia. Therefore, the sanctions will be such that Russia would not decide to answer seriously. All of their large corporations have assets here.
  8. Basarev
    Basarev April 21 2021 13: 40
    -3
    Yes, there are levers. But are they really that strong? And, most importantly, will there be enough will to apply them? I suspect that the mongrels will not bite the owner.
    1. Mitroha
      Mitroha April 21 2021 19: 19
      +3
      Why are you going to bite him?
  9. Cheerock
    Cheerock April 21 2021 15: 44
    0
    Quote: Basarev
    The crisis of the eighth year showed this very clearly. In the West, it only affected high bankers, while ordinary citizens lived as before and knew about the crisis only from TV. And in our country, out of nowhere, people became poorer at times, they threw out entire departments from work without a clear reason.

    In fact, everything was strictly the opposite. Not a single banker answered for anything and they all flew away on golden parachutes.
  10. parusnik
    parusnik April 21 2021 16: 05
    +3
    And here we are not far from direct conflict.
    ... Again from the series: If tomorrow is war, funny Tanks will laugh ... Yeah, let's rally around the EP and the unnamed and the capitalists. Long live cuts and cuts ... an increase in prices and tariffs. War is on the nose laughing
  11. Alexy
    Alexy April 21 2021 17: 25
    0
    SWIFT will not be unambiguously disabled. Too much Russia exports raw materials. And if it is turned off, the whole world will suffer. I'm afraid to imagine how prices for raw materials will rise, and for everything else, respectively. It will be a global crisis with a series of bankruptcies.
    1. Andylw
      Andylw April 21 2021 18: 02
      +1
      Quote: Alexy
      It will be a global crisis with a string of bankruptcies

      do not exaggerate
      short-term turbulence - nothing more
      rivals from the Persian Gulf and friends from the USA, Venezuela and Iran will quickly fill the market supply, increasing production
      1. Mitroha
        Mitroha April 21 2021 19: 26
        -2
        Quote: AndyLW
        friends from the usa

        These are the ones who are now the second in terms of buying Russian oil? Yeah, they will increase
      2. Alexy
        Alexy April 26 2021 11: 51
        0
        By quickly increasing production? Do you think it is so easy to replace the dropped volumes of the world's second largest oil exporter? Russia is not Iran. And this is only for oil. And also gas, metals, coal, grain, etc. etc.
        1. Andylw
          Andylw April 27 2021 20: 45
          0
          Quote: Alexy
          Do you think it is so easy to replace the dropped volumes of the world's second largest oil exporter?

          I think yes, you can replace
          the price will rise for a short time - then the market will level out
          jumps in oil prices have long been the norm. The market has survived the coronavirus - and it will survive
          Quote: Alexy
          gas, metals, coal, grain, etc. and so on

          Russia is not a monopoly in anything
          competitors will be happy
          do not exaggerate your importance
    2. Antonio_Mariarti
      Antonio_Mariarti April 21 2021 18: 35
      0
      Quote: Alexy
      SWIFT will not be unambiguously disabled. Too much Russia exports raw materials. And if it is turned off, the whole world will suffer. I'm afraid to imagine how prices for raw materials will rise, and for everything else, respectively. It will be a global crisis with a series of bankruptcies.

      The share of the Russian economy in the world is only 2 percent, there will be turbulence, but the West is doing well with money.
      1. Alexy
        Alexy April 26 2021 11: 47
        0
        You do not take into account the percentage of the world economy - it's GDP, but the percentage on the market for oil, gas, metals, grain, etc.
        1. Andylw
          Andylw April 27 2021 20: 47
          0
          Quote: Alexy
          percentage on the market for oil, gas, metals, grain, etc.

          these percentages are the result of wild competition and struggle, it is not easy for the Russian Federation
          if you remove a competitor (RF) - the market will quickly restore the dropped offer
  12. Rusticolus
    Rusticolus April 21 2021 18: 40
    +1
    When disconnecting from swift, all that is necessary is to prohibit foreign agents of states that impose or support sanctions against Russia from having any property in Russia and doing any business. If there is no swift, then they should not have Russian assets and income. Let it out, even though they are selling everything to Belarusians for a pittance.
    1. Mitroha
      Mitroha April 21 2021 19: 28
      0
      Almost so ... When Russia is disconnected from Swift, ALL enterprises with the participation of foreign capital from countries that supported the sanctions are subject to nationalization
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  14. mister-red
    mister-red April 21 2021 19: 35
    +5
    Quote: Basarev
    I suspect that in fact the economic model became untenable back in 2007. The crisis of the eighth year showed this very clearly. In the West, it only affected high bankers, while ordinary citizens lived as before and knew about the crisis only from TV. And in our country, out of nowhere, people became poorer at times, they threw out entire departments from work without a clear reason.

    What are you? Thank you, they really opened my eyes. Otherwise, it was a sinful thing to think that when people were thrown out of their homes in the states because of the inability to pay loans for them and when the elderly were left without retirement savings, these were the consequences of the crisis. It turns out not. Thanks again ... But can you tell me, why was it? I'm wondering. Probably there was Kremlin propaganda? Yes? Well then, okay, don't answer. Reading from others

    Better Markets (bettermarkets.com) 2012 report

    Economists estimate that now, four years after the collapse of the Lehman Brothers bank, which is considered the starting point of the global financial storm, 23,1 million American citizens are unable to find full-time jobs. At the height of the crisis, in October 2009, there were 26 million Americans unemployed, or 9% of the working-age population.

    11 million homeowners, or one in four, are saddled with mortgages that exceed the market value of their properties. Housing prices returned to 2002 levels, with property losses of $ 7 trillion. Over the years of the crisis, the income of American families fell by 40% in real terms, returning to the values ​​of 20 years ago.

    The wealth of American households peaked in July 2007 when it reached $ 74 trillion. However, under the influence of the events of 2008 by January 2009, it fell to $ 55 trillion. Thus, the aggregate losses of the Americans for a year and a half amounted to $ 19 trillion, or 126% of GDP.

    The number of families whose income is below the poverty line increased from 12,5% ​​in 2007 to 15,1% in 2010. This is the highest level in all 52 years that the US Census Bureau has published data on this indicator. Now 46,2 million US citizens live below the poverty line.

    "The country's economy is in its worst condition since the Great Depression. The crisis has affected all spheres of activity. However, this is the first time in history when it became possible to calculate the full cost of the crisis and its consequences for taxpayers, the state and financial system reform," notes Better Markets CEO Dennis Kelleher - The Wall Street Bonza, their allies and sympathizers are denying and downplaying the cost of the crisis to thwart or weaken this reform.

    Wow, people were not affected by the crisis. Hey, what planet are you from?
    1. evgen1221
      evgen1221 April 22 2021 18: 36
      -1
      26 million American unemployed out of 300 million and even then could not find a job full-time, part-time means they did. Plus unemployment benefits and the general order in this matter and control. Compare with our 26 million out of 100 million population and a pitiful penny of benefits for two packs of cigarettes. Yes, poor Americans, how they suffered from the crisis then.
  15. xorek
    xorek April 21 2021 19: 57
    -3
    how else can the United States "punish" Russia

    Well, the sanctions are even bigger .. Or disable SWIFT! They have been dreaming about it for a long time.
    We will develop our system and will already control who finances whom.
    Do you think we can’t cope? We will issue a gold ruble or something like that .. The Russian currency has always been valuable and reliable .. Until we have "seven bankers" and others .. Remember who scattered it to smithereens? Well, there are still a lot of quiet people left and those who shit from the inside on the salary .... Everything interesting is yet to come "gentlemen, liberals and other navalnyata noyushchie" .. Let's break through! hi
  16. nikvic46
    nikvic46 April 22 2021 05: 42
    -1
    It is a little offensive to read about the "punishment of Russia." We're not whipping boys. There are many opportunities to respond adequately and effectively, but many of them hurt the personal interests of influential people.
  17. Koval Sergey
    Koval Sergey April 22 2021 13: 22
    +17
    In the meager list of claims against Russia, the American president voiced ... the oppression of dissidents or journalists in other countries and at home

    If the United States is harassing dissidents or journalists in its homeland, what are the claims against Russia?
  18. Aleksandr1971
    Aleksandr1971 April 29 2021 08: 17
    -1
    Quote: Sahalinets
    Given our technological dependence on the West, they can shit on us in full. BUT for some reason they don't really want to. But it would be very easy to freeze the accounts and property of Putin's oligarch friends abroad. That would be a blow! But they want to negotiate a campaign, it remains to find out - with whom and about what?
    But for us, ordinary people, it will suck for any ...


    As soon as the West no longer has the last options for sanctions, then Russia will have the first options for unlimited use of force on any neighbors that are not NATO members. Personally, I sleep and see how the cities of western Ukraine are crumbling, how people are fleeing from Georgia. For me, Kiev is like Jerusalem for the Romans during the time of Vespasian Flavius, or like Hamburg for Roosevelt, or like Hiroshima for Truman.
  19. Aleksandr1971
    Aleksandr1971 April 29 2021 08: 20
    -1
    Quote: military_cat
    Quote: Sahalinets
    But they want to negotiate a campaign, it remains to find out - with whom and about what?

    Yes, they speak about it in plain text. But the Russian government cannot agree to this, since its support within the country will collapse from this. We, ordinary people, suck, because it is necessary to keep the ruling elite at the administrative levers, and this is its main and priority task.

    You are not right.
    Support can be based not only on good things, but also on the exact opposite. So, the population of Hitler's Germany before the fall of Berlin did not rebel, but supported Hitler's power, despite the drop in living standards. And the question arises, what was the support of Hitler by the common people of Germany until Hitler's death?
    What was the support of the people of Russia for the Stalinist regime in the conditions of the defeats of the 1st period of the Second World War? The answer lies in the strength of the punitive organs.
    We can repeat the same level of support in our country in a new war.
  20. Aleksandr1971
    Aleksandr1971 April 29 2021 08: 28
    -1
    The article is good, but unsaid.
    The author did not say what Russia would do if the West exhausted all possible non-military levers of influence on Russia.

    I will be responsible for the author.
    As soon as the West has exhausted its non-military levers of influence on Russia, the West can: a) go to war against Russia and die; b) The West will be inactive, because it will have no non-military leverage.

    Therefore, in the conditions of the West's inaction, Russia must unbelieve itself and do whatever it wants across the planet. For example, to eliminate Saudi Arabia and, in general, all the countries of the Persian Gulf with a nuclear strike, so that the West has no place to acquire hydrocarbons so hated by the West.
    1. Until Ger
      Until Ger April 29 2021 08: 44
      -1
      Yes ... these are no longer
      cure ....
      1. Aleksandr1971
        Aleksandr1971 April 29 2021 09: 38
        -1
        By the way, a resolution of the European Parliament has just appeared in the Lenta with a proposal to disconnect Russia from Swift. Of course, there is a long road from the resolution to its implementation.

        But if this happens, then what else can the West do, non-military, against Russia? The answer is - NOTHING! And after the shutdown of Swift, Russia will be completely unpunished in military and non-military operations throughout the planet, provided that Russia does not bomb NATO countries. In my opinion, the countries of the Persian Gulf are the first and most delicious piece for a nuclear apocalypse.
  21. Aleksandr1971
    Aleksandr1971 April 29 2021 08: 58
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    Quote: Do Ger
    Yes ... these are no longer
    cure ....


    You insult ...
    ... and what is your answer to the question of what will happen when the West has exhausted all non-military levers of influence on Russia? I believe that you have no answer for insanity.
    1. Until Ger
      Until Ger April 29 2021 09: 42
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      Honor your ...
      "destroy by nuclear strike
      Saudi Arabia and all
      the countries of the Persian Gulf ".
      "I sleep and see how cities are crumbling
      Western Ukraine ".
      What makes you different then
      from Yulia Tymoshenko ???
      She is also something similar
      offered ...
      1. Aleksandr1971
        Aleksandr1971 April 29 2021 10: 34
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        I differ from Tymoshenko in that I am a citizen of Russia, not of Ukraine. And unlike Tymoshenko, I would like to raise Russia, not Ukraine.
        I answered your question. But you did not answer my question.
  22. Thomas the Unbelieving
    Thomas the Unbelieving 5 May 2021 19: 46
    +1
    Recently I came across an interesting statement by Clemenceau (the French prime minister) about the Americans. I quote from memory: the Americans from the stage of barbarism immediately passed into the stage of degradation, having passed the stage of civilization. Exactly.
  23. Thomas the Unbelieving
    Thomas the Unbelieving 5 May 2021 20: 01
    +1
    Our economic model became untenable in 1954-1957. And 1998 gave the following results of GDP growth: World economy + 2,5%
    All countries of the world finished the year with a plus, except for:
    Russia -4,8%
    Japan -2,8%
    ASEAN-4 (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines) -9,4%