Take a look at the proposed statistics. Below are 18 signs that Russia is catching up with the US ...
No. 1 Russia produces more oil than anyone else on this planet. The United States ranks third.
№ 2 Russia is in second place for the export of oil in the world. The United States is forced to import more oil than anyone else.
No. 3 In the largest quantities on the entire planet, natural gas is extracted by Russia. The United States in second place.
№ 4 Today, Russia supplies 34 to Europe with a percentage of the total natural gas required by the country.
No. 5 US debt is 101 percent of GDP. Russian debt - about 8 percent of GDP.
No. 6 Last year, the US trade deficit was estimated at more than half a trillion dollars. Russia consistently receives a large trade surplus.
No. 7 The US unemployment rate is 7,4 percent. The unemployment rate in Russia - 5,4 percent.
№8 Since Vladimir Putin first became the president of Russia, the country's economy has grown very quickly. Shown below are taken from Wikipedia.
Under the leadership of Vladimir Putin, the gross domestic product (GDP) doubled, rising from 22-th place to 11-th largest in the world. Economy gains began to be an average of 7 percent per year (1999: 6,5 percent, 2000: 10 percent, 2001: 5,7 percent, 2002: 4,9 percent, 2003: 7,3 percent, 2004: 7,2 percent, 2005: 6,4 percent, 2006: 8,2 percent , 2007: 8,5 percent, 2008: 5,2 percent), making Russia a country with the sixth most developed economy in the world in terms of GDP. In 2007, Russia's GDP exceeded the corresponding figures of 1990 of the year, which meant overcoming the devastating effects of the nineties recession.
During the eight years of Putin's rule, industry has grown by 75 percent, investment has increased by 125 percent, and levels of agricultural production and construction have increased. Cash incomes more than doubled, and the average salary increased eightfold, from 80 to 640 dollars. Between 2000 and 2006, consumer loans increased 45 times, and in the same time period, the middle class grew from 8 to 55 million, which is a sevenfold increase. The number of people living below the poverty line has decreased from 30 percent in 2000 to 14 percent in 2008.
№9 According to the American news site Bloomberg, over the past decade, Russia has added metric tons of gold to its 570 reserves. As for the US, there is no one who knows exactly how much gold is actually left in the Federal Reserve.
No. 10 Moscow is the second most expensive city in the world. Meanwhile, the United States is the most unfriendly city in the world (Newark, NJ).
Number 11 More billionaires live in Moscow than in any other city on earth.
No. 12 The Moscow Metro completely surpasses the metro systems of Washington and New York.
No. 13 The US Army is the strongest on the planet. But the Russian army is in second place.
No. 14 Russia introduced a new “almost silent” nuclear submarine, which is much quieter than anything that the US has ever developed ...
The submarine of the Borey project, named Vladimir Monomakh, is equipped with a new generation nuclear reactor and can sink to a depth of more than 1200 feet, as well as transport up to twenty nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
Each of these ICBMs, called the Mace, can place in itself ten removable separable warheads, called in Russia “missiles returning to the dense layers of the atmosphere”, each of which is capable of transporting hypersonic nuclear units of individual guidance weighing up to 150 kilotons.
№ 15 While Barack Obama is neutralizing the US strategic nuclear arsenal, Vladimir Putin is working hard on modernizing Russia's nuclear forces.
No. 16 In the second half of 2013, 200 military exercises will be held in the Russian missile forces.
No. 17 As Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin was mentioned in press headlines around the world when he climbed into the cockpit of the “fifth generation” Russian fighter and said that this fighter is far superior to the F-22 Raptor.
No. 18 According to the latest estimates, there are more Russian spies in the United States now than during the Cold War.
From the author: Unfortunately, whenever I write an article about Russia, I later learn that most people do not understand its meaning. They make comments like “The cold war is already over” or “Russia is our friend”, which shows a complete lack of understanding of the current geopolitical situation.
Russia is continuously strengthening relations with China, and together these two countries pose the number one threat to the United States.
Someday, it will become quite clear to the American people. It remains to hope that by the time of this awareness it will not be too late.