Stratfor Summary on Russia

Stratfor Summary on Russia:

For more than a century, Russia has suffered periodic waves of mass emigration. Now it could face yet another one, perhaps leading to the largest brain drain the country has experienced in 20 years. According to Russia’s state statistical agency, 350,000 people emigrated from Russia in 2015 — 10 times more than five years ago. The outflow began in earnest in 2012, driven mostly by political friction in the country, but Russia’s current economic crisis has accelerated the pace. The Kremlin is attempting to curb the so­called suitcase mood, but other national interests remain a higher priority. As highly skilled Russians emigrate, the future of innovation and private business in the country has been called into question. Meanwhile, migrants from mostly Muslim former Soviet states are entering Russia in search of work, altering the ethnic and religious composition of the population and heightening tension in the process.


  1. walt

    As Ukraine is seeking union with the EU, we have this proposal from Frank-Walter Steinmeier .

    1. A European Security Compact, under which:

    – The EU should establish agreed strategic EU priorities for foreign and security policy and promote an integrated EU policy in these areas.

    – Those EU member states willing to establish permanent structured cooperation in the field of defense should be able to do so in a flexible manner.

    – If needed, EU member states should consider establishing standing maritime forces or acquiring EU-owned capabilities in other key areas.

    2. A common European asylum and migration policy. The ministers said:

    – We are determined that the EU should establish the world’s first multinational border and coast guard.

    – The EU must find a common answer to the rising number of migrants seeking to enter the EU for economic reasons.

    – We will work to reduce push factors for irregular migration.

    3. Fostering growth and completing the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). The ministers said:

    Comment; one army, ( smaller NATO), one currency and one immigration policy, in short one size fits all and don”t complain when it doesn’t fit you. Oh, and the western Europeans like the Russian money. Great deal.

    1. Roman

      I think it’s better to organize armies around nations than around something as new, corrupt, and unstable as the EU.

  2. walt

    I had posted excerpt from “Orthodox England” once before, in that recent post I showed how Russian orthodox are threatening Ukraine. In this post, I puled just a few of the lies on a post about Sub-Carpathian Rusin that Orthodox England calls Russians.

    Exerpts of selected sentences;

    It is also true that the collapse of Communist tyrannies has given rise to nationalist excesses. Thus, in Yugoslavia and the Ukraine, hardline Communists, overnight became hardline nationalists, outdoing the very nationalists whom for decades they had imprisoned and murdered.

    However, although some wrongs have been righted, many of the injustices committed by the Croat Communist Tito and the Georgian Communist Stalin at the end of the Second World War have still not been righted.

    Ukraine is dominated by an old Soviet-style centralized bureaucracy, which is profoundly corrupt.

    The ‘ex-Communist’ anti-Rusin nationalism in the north-western Ukraine, especially Galicia, wants to ukrainianize everything

    Furthermore, what can the Ukraine offer? Like Subcarpathian Russia itself, it has no history of its own as an independent nation, rather it has a history of anarchy.

    Does the Ukraine actually have a future? It certainly has no past.

    Poland actually systematically destroyed the Rusin way of life, deporting tens of thousands of Lemko Rusins from its south-east corner in an ethnic cleansing operation.

    The Soviets of Moscow attached the Rusins to the Ukraine. Ukrainianization followed, the name ‘Rusin’ was banned. For Soviet Russia, Subcarpathian Russia was merely an outlying province of the Ukraine – ‘Transcarpathian Ukraine’.

    Slovakia fell under a Nazi puppet regime during the Second World War – but then so did all of Roman Catholic Europe, from Ireland to Poland, from Portugal to Vichy France, from Belgium to Hungary, from Spain to Italy


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