It depends on the Russian. I know someone who became engaged to a charming young Russian woman, resident in London and the apple of her tier-2 oligarch daddy's eye. He gave the future groom a mobile phone as a present. Not any old phone. This one was jewel-encrusted with estimated dollar value running well into five figures. Vile and tasteless to my eye, plus I'd worry about being mugged if I used it in public but what do I know? True story.A Russian can only dream of enjoying the bleak outlook and failing economy that the average German enjoys.
Good point , even boats have toilets in the west1) Failing economy. It is true that all the western economies are likely to suffer and there will be some recessions. A combination of governments having to make savings after Covid, the war in Ukraine and Brexit make that inevitable. But the worst predictions are nowhere near what Russia is already suffering. Recessions are not unique. We will cope
2) Pipeline destruction has caused temporary dislocation. But European fuel reserves are higher than last year and the price of oil has dropped back. Plus if it helps European wean itself off fossil fuels from corrupt, cruel dictatorships then in the long term it will be good
3) Bleak future? Come on sluggo, you live in the west don't you. You know that the bleakest future here is eden compared to much of Russia. People will complain but if you count on wholesale revolution you really are barking up the wrong tree
4) Failure to use diplomacy. The failure to use diplomacy lays firmly at Putin's door. In Clausewitz's words: war may indeed be the continuation of policy by other means. But sending tanks across your neighbours border and bombing his cities sure as fcuk isn't diplomacy
The answer to your question is before your eyesA Russian can only dream of enjoying the bleak outlook and failing economy that the average German enjoys. Data from here
Germany Russia GDP per capita $51,238 $12,219 Education Expenditure per capita $2,395 $527 Healthcare Expenditure per capita $5,594 $334 S&P Rating on government debt AAA CC
Saying the Ukrainians fought for their freedom and saying Russians are just victims.I think the brutal murder of Nemtsov is an example of what happens to you if you try to stop Putin
That is a narrative, and one that does not do you justice in your efforts to pin this all on Putin. You need to work a bit harder than that to get a passing grade.It was a cruel attempted power-play for territory and resources, for the benefit of a few corrupt, autocratic oligarchs.
@motorbike you talked about history. Here is a small reminder of history. In 1945 when Nazi forces were being defeated, Hitler ordered the acceleration of the holocaust- taking resources away from fighting the war. Now we have Lavrov who even as Russia is being defeated is worrying about gender neutral toilets. (Hint, in the west we all have toilets in our houses, shared by all genders, so really nothing new. Maybe one day you will get a plumbed in indoor toilet and you will understand)
Imagine if the folks in the west didn't understand the history of the eastern front. Imagine!Lavrov could be your father or grandfather, try talking to them about the LGBQT wars, Putin passed a law the other day outlawing gender reassignment surgery for children, same as a number of US states are doing. But liberal ideals mean that people can be what they want by identifying with it right, even children?
As for a reminder about history, the Russian's played the major part in Germanys defeat but that's barely acknowledged in the west. Most people believe it was the the UK and the Americans that won the war but 26 to 29 million Russians died in the east. Its a scale that people these days cannot imagine, which is why they don't understand either Russia or Ukraine. Most Europeans of the last generation knew someone or were directly related to someone who fought, died, resisted or suffered from the war on their own soil. That generation is passing and along with it the memory, as the EU tries to turn the bloc into a homogenous bunch of consumers. The US of course has no history of fighting on its own turf nor do the Poms but the Russians do and that is a huge part of what's going on here.