>Neo-Soviet Russia to West: “Da, We Are All Good Capitalists Now!”
The Communist Bloc and its Islamo-Marxist client states have declared war against the US economy by “nuking” or refusing to conduct commerce in dollars, arranging aggressive corporate mergers with and buyouts of Western companies, and extending economic concessions to treasonous Nepman companies from the West, only to seize the property later. Economic deception is an old Soviet strategy, initially employed during the New Economic Policy of the 1920s, but it has again totally fooled Western governments, businessmen, and most Kremlinologists.
Pictured above: “Cyber Lenin.”
Communist organ Pravda reveals that “Officials of Russia’s natural gas giant, Gazprom, voiced an idea to use rubles in gas trade. ‘We consider the idea of selling our resources for rubles to be quite possible,’ Gazprom’s Vice President Alexander Medvedev said at a recent conference in New York.” In a related story Pravda reveals that the Moscow-Tripoli Axis will expand its strategic partnership through Libya’s granting of petroleum exploration rights to Kremlin-run Gazprom: “Libya, the holder of Africa’s largest oil reserves, gave Russia’s Gazprom and Royal Dutch Shell Plc permits to explore for natural gas, as the North African nation seeks to increase fuel exports to Europe to meet rising demand.”
State-run Russia Today, furthermore, reveals that “Lukoil and Rosneft say they’ll consider selling their oil and gas in roubles instead of dollars, if the U.S. currency continues to depreciate. According to executives at Russia two biggest oil companies, profits are at risk because revenues are priced in dollars and expenses are priced in roubles. The rouble gained almost 15% against the dollar in the first nine months of the year. Russia gas export monopoly Gazprom has already said its considering the a similar currency switch.”
In an attempt to shore up unstable financial markets troubled by the declining US dollar, the European Central Bank has taken out a US$20 billion loan from the US Federal Reserve System to secure short-term dollar loans. At the same time Evgeny Nadorshin, economist at Trust Bank in Moscow, insists that Russia’s banking system is secure: “The money market has been calming down for several weeks already in Russia and finally we have arrived to a very comfortable situation when local overnight rates are lower than even the lowest rates the [Russian] Central Bank is ready to provide for re-finance to market participants.” We have on several occasions reported on the Kremlin’s plans to carefully guard its state-dominated economy from global economic turmoil.
In like fashion the communist regime in Beijing is instructing 36 major cities to maintain a minimum 10-day food and cooking oil reserve as part of its measure to stabilize domestic consumer markets during the present global rise in food prices and, no doubt, to head off civil unrest. In March 2007 BBC News reported: “Rural regions of China have seen mounting unrest in recent years. Thousands of protests were held last year amid growing discontent over the widening gap between rich and poor and corruption among officials at local level and above.”
The Kremlin is also consolidating its hold on Russia’s civilian and military nuclear facilities through the formation of state-run Federal Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom), to be placed under the leadership of Atomenergoprom chief and former prime minister Sergei Kiriyenko. On the board of directors, reports the Moscow Times, are Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Andrei Belousov; chief military-industrial adviser Igor Borovkov; deputy head of the Federal Security Service’s Economic Security Department Alexander Bortnikov; and Defense Ministry official Vladimir Verkhovtsev. The Kremlin intends to increase its dependence on nuclear power to 25 percent of its total electricity needs by 2030.
Meanwhile, the West’s treasonous Nepman continue to do business with neo-Soviet Russia. Microsoft, which gave its secret Windows operating system source code to the Kremlin in 2003, is a major offender. State-owned Kommersant Daily reports that Microsoft intends to launch a production and service center in the Siberian city of Tomsk. In November Microsoft previously inked an agreement with Siberia’s Irkutsk region to establish a data-center for 100,000 servers.
The project budget is estimated at between $40 million and $50 million. The regional projects of this kind have formed a trend for IT companies already, as the costs for infrastructure and personnel in the regions are 50 percent below than in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
It was Vladimir Klyuev from administrative authorities of Tomsk that told reporters about the plans of Microsoft. According to Klyuev, Microsoft is studying the possibility of opening a data center, a call center and a research and development center in Tomsk. Tomsk authorities and Microsoft reached the respective agreement in late September, when Microsoft Rus CEO Birger Sten visited the region. The bureaucrat gave no details about the project dates or its budget. Microsoft Rus couldn’t be reached for comment yesterday. “We are really interested in Siberia.
In particular, an innovation center has been set up under the joint project with Tomsk Polytechnic University,” a top-ranked official of Microsoft said, specifying, however, that speaking about creation of a research center and production facilities would be premature.
The potential establishment of a service and production center in Tomsk is Microsoft’s second large-scale infrastructural project in Siberia that has been announced in the last three weeks. In late November, Microsoft and the Irkutsk region inked an agreement to set up a data-center for 100,000 servers. The market players estimated the budget of that project at $20 million.
But the Tomsk project would be more capital intensive for Microsoft, forecasted LETA President Alexander Chachava. “Creating a powerful data-center will cost $20 million to $30 million, while the whole infrastructure may cost $40 million to $50 million.” The investments are well-justified, Chachava said, explaining that Microsoft will pay 50 percent to 60 percent less for maintaining the infrastructure in Tomsk than in Moscow or St. Petersburg.
Russia Today also reports that beginning in 2008 a new processing facility in Siberia’s Sverdlovsk Region will provide Boeing and Airbus with the thermo-mechanical treatment of aluminium sheets used in aircraft construction. “This is a long-term contract and supplies will answer the needs of Boeing in the coming years,” said Jeffrey Henley, Sales Director at Boeing. Although Henley naively characterizes the contract as “long term,” it will only be as long as is convenient for Moscow’s Leninist leaders.
Even as the Kremlin woos Western businesses with promises of economic concessions, the Putinist regimes continues its assault on foreign non-governmental organizations like the British Council, which promotes British culture abroad and enjoys the patronage of Queen Elizabeth II. Russia Today reports that the Kremlin has instructed the British Council to close all of its regional offices, except for its Moscow headquarters, citing the violation of financial and tax laws. In an interview with BBC, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov admitted that the closure of the British Council regional offices is a retaliatory measure related to Britain’s expulsion of four Russian diplomats in July. “The British government undertook some actions which inflicted systemic damage to our relations, so we have to retaliate,” Lavrov explained. “This is nothing to do with anti-British sentiments. It’s the law of the genre if you wish.” Communications officer Natalya Minchenko insists, however, that the British Council will continue its operations in St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg, as well as Moscow: “The activity of the British Council becomes especially vital in the light of exacerbated relations between Russian and the UK. The activity of the British Council corresponds with all norms of the Russian law, so we do not see any obstacles to continue working in Russia.”
In a related story Pravda reports that BBC employees have been physically assaulted in Moscow on three different dates in three different locations since November 24. The chilly tensions between London and Moscow, the communist mouthpiece rightly observes, ultimately trace their origin to the murder of FSB defector Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 and the attempt by Scotland Yard to extradite the chief suspect in the crime, Andrei Lugovoi, from Russia.