Spoiler: Kremlin lies through its teeth. It lies to the Russian people. It lies to foreigners. It has been going on for so long now that nobody believes it. The Russian “foreign minister” Lavrov has even said that Russia has not invaded Ukraine. The latest stupidity is about American biolabs in Ukraine where pathogens should be developed and carried to Russia by migratory birds.
Only those who want to believe Kremlin, believe Kremlin. They also believe that neo-Nazis carried out a coup d’état in Ukraine and thereafter organised free and fair elections allowing a Jewish candidate to be president. These people who also tend to believe all the ludicrous conspiracy theories about MH17, that the US government is responsible for 9/11, that the American moon landings are a hoax and that the White Helmets either faked or carried out the gas attacks themselves in Syria.
Many Swedes that defend Kremlin and spread its lies are Nazis. The rest are old Commie rats who regret Soviet’s collapse and hate USA.
Spoiler: Cyprus has been a haven for Russian money for many years. Putin’s oligarchs have been pouring money into Cypriote banks and properties. And they used to be welcome. Russians invested in Cyprus mainly to launder their dirty money. They could also get a golden VISA, one for permanent residency and one for citizenship.
That door is closed now. Russia’s borders are still open. Russians with money and assets abroad are fleeing while they can.
Spoiler: As I showed in my previous post,the Kremlin psychopath’s industries, and war machine are reliant on our supply to satisfy domestic demand. But the story doesn’t end there. Foreign intermediate goods are also used in Russian exports. And a lot of the revenues from exports are used to kill Ukrainians and bomb their schools and hospitals.
Overall, foreign value-added accounts for a bit more than eight percent of total Russian gross exports. The foreign shares are higher in Manufacturing, Construction, Publishing, Computer Services and Professional & Scientific Services. The largest foreign shares are found in Publishing. That’s where you find Kremlin’s propaganda machines RT and Sputnik. Foreign translators and mouthpieces are employed by the Kremlin helping Putin to fight his propaganda war.
Not only will Russian exports fall due to the sanctions. The goods will also be of lower quality now that high-income countries will stop feeding his industries and war machine. That will lower Russian income in two ways. Firstly, because of lower quantities of exports and secondly because of lower prices of exports. This adds to Putin’s clusterfuck.
Spoiler: The psychopath in the Kremlin has made an unprecedented miscalculation. His war machine and the Russian economy which he has neglected, is about to have a meltdown.
The sanctions are hurting and will hurt even more. Financial sanctions against his banks, exclusion from Swift, closed airspace and ports will make it extremely tough for him to finance his industries’ production of weapons, vehicles, computers, medicines and more that he needs to kill Ukrainians. In the end of this post you can find links detailing the sanctions and a list of firms turning their backs to Putin. The lists of firms and sanctions are not complete. The number of sanctions and firms leaving Russia keep growing.
The focus of this post is to look at how sanctions will hurt the Russian industries. To have an idea about the effects of these sanctions, this post will investigate how much of Russian total domestic final demand (public and private consumption + investments) that is sourced from other countries. It is a signifiant share in many industries.
This is bad news for Putin. He overestimated the capacity of the Russian economy. He underestimated the Russian economy’s reliance on the rest of the world. He overestimated his military’s capacity. He underestimated other countries’ solidarity with Ukraine. But his biggest mistake was that he underestimated the Ukrainian people. The Ukrainian people’s fight for freedom and democracy is draining his resources.