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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Re: [mukto-mona] Not by bread alone: Russians urged to go without for Putin

In five decades, Russia would be ahead of U. S. A. And China would be behind India.

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On Jan 26, 2015, at 5:45 AM, "Shah Deeldar [mukto-mona]" <> wrote:


Putin is no good but west is equally guilty for this awful situation. Ukraine is bankrupt and virtually losing its eastern part as we speak. Was it worth waking up the Russian bear? Probably not! Once oil price speculation stops, Russians will be back with full force with no debt. Meanwhile, Chinese mafias will dictate the terms. China has become the real winner here.

On Sunday, January 25, 2015 12:56 PM, "Jiten Roy [mukto-mona]" <> wrote:


Not by bread alone: Russians urged to go without for Putin

By Anna Smolchenko 3 hours ago
People buy foodstuff at a marketpalce in Russian southern city of Stavropol, on December 19, 2014
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Moscow (AFP) - Eat less, use beetroot instead of lipstick, swap French lingerie for Russian-made cotton panties and remember that hardships are a test from God.
These and other tips are being offered to Russians by lawmakers, top policy makers and the Russian Orthodox Church as the gravity of the economic crisis sinks in and prices soar.
The country pulled through great hardships before, officials say, and people should tighten their belts for their leader Vladimir Putin and a great Russia amid the confrontation with the West over Ukraine.
"I lived both under Gorbachev and Yeltsin but Putin is the first president for whom I am being asked to eat less," one Russian, Andrey Kozenko, said on Twitter.
His quip would be funny if it were not sad.
Government members openly admit they lack a plan to tackle the crisis brought on by falling oil prices and Western sanctions and warn it may last for years.
From affluent Moscow to the far-flung regions, Russians are feeling the pain: with some foregoing foreign travel while others pinch pennies to buy food.
Last week lawmaker Ilya Gaffner was monitoring price hikes at a grocery store in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg when an elderly woman told him she could no longer afford sugar for her disabled son.
His advice to her? Eat less.
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People queue to buy tokens at an underground station …
People queue to buy tokens at an underground station in St. Petersburg, on December 26, 2014 (AFP Ph …
"If there is not enough money you have to remember that we are Russians, we survived hunger and cold, we have to think about our health and eat less," said the deputy in the Sverdlovsk region legislative chamber, who sports a double chin.
His remarks caused outrage -- and a barrage of unprintable online comments -- forcing a senior ruling party lawmaker to recommend that Gaffner think twice before speaking next time.
- 'Eat less for Putin' -
The deputy had no sooner apologised for his faux pas than a top Putin ally told the world Russians indeed were ready for sacrifices, especially when their leader was under pressure.
"We will withstand all hardships in this country,


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