‘Feelings are better than statistics’: is Russia a pseudo-giant?

That a supposedly powerful Russia is in fact a “gas station disguised as a state” has long been the subject of derision. Even the huge reserves of oil and gas are not enough to secure Putin’s empire among the top ten economic powers around the world. In 2021, Russia was still behind Italy, Canada and Korea, which is enough to take 11th place. Australia is hot in its wake. While the United States had a GDP of about $23 trillion, Russia only managed $1.8 trillion.

Diplomacy paints a picture of a strong Russia

According to the online portal Kultura, which has taken the trouble to keep track of developments over the past 100 years, things were much better for Russia in the past than they are today by other criteria. Accordingly, the Soviet Union was in the best position in 1985, even in 1965 the main characters were still excellent. This means the population, the size of the territory, and the military and economic strength.

According to Kultura, Putin’s record is staggering and he asks: “Russian diplomacy and the media paint a picture of a powerful Russia today capable of dictating its terms to other countries. This obviously impresses people very much at home and abroad: but why a powerful country controls little more than Three percent of the world economy, three times less than in the Soviet era?” In any case, a look at recent history proves that sentiment, and even more so, perceptions of the past are better than statistics.

“All factors were not sufficient for further development”

However, according to the analysis, the numbers alone have only limited significance: “In 1985 the Soviet Union was a huge country with a large population, had a large share in the world economy, had a powerful army, but all these measurable factors were not .enough to show that to further develop the country on the same path.”

Be it: the Russian population has been seriously declining for a long time, military spending in comparison with economic power in Soviet times was four times higher than it is today, and the area was no larger than it was before the first world. war. At that time, Finland and parts of Poland still belonged to the Tsarist Empire. The quantitative “ratio” of all this can certainly be read.

Now Putin must rely on the “time factor”.

Putin may, in fact, want to reverse this trend. The collapse of the Soviet Union has been repeatedly described as a “disaster”. But his perception seems to be largely ambiguous, according to the American business portal “Bloomberg”. There you can read that the president is now dependent on time in aggressive wars and hopes to wear down the West faster than Russia. Indeed, in the first months of the war, the Russian economy proved relatively resilient to sanctions, but now it is in free fall, regardless of military problems. Thus Putin’s speculation will prove “catastrophically wrong”.

“Occupied Territories a Desert”

Ultimately, Russia also has nothing to gain in Ukraine, according to expert Paul Lusin in analyzing the “desperate situation” of the Kremlin “insider” critical portal: “The problem is that the occupied territories are devastated today and there is a massive exodus of the experienced population – this is an economic desert that requires So much effort and resources to maintain and control it, with constant losses among the occupiers, exhausting artillery bombardment and partisan actions. The corridor “to Crimea is simply meaningless from an economic point of view. The only thing Russia can expect from this “desert” is a territorial buffer zone, which protects and bridges the annexed Crimea, and maintains a constant threat to Ukrainian ports.

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