Ribbons & Yachts

The World Economic Forum recently placed Russia 43rd in its “Global Competitiveness Index“.


Vladimir Milov wrote on Facebook:

“Russia has improved its position in the rankings of global competitiveness,” rising for the year just two places – from 45th to 43rd, the media tells us happily.

Let’s see what is in this ranking. It can be found here.

There are five positions for which we are in the top 20 in the world ranking of competitiveness:

  • provision of mobile services;
  • provision of air transport infrastructure;
  • higher education;
  • low debt;
  • the large size of the domestic market.

Well, that’s all true.

But, he says, these are the places where Russia is not doing so well:

  • Inflation – 132nd place in the world;
  • Property rights – 123rd;
  • Quality of roads – 123rd;
  • Stability of banks – 121st;
  • Reliability of police services – 109th;
  • Prevalence of AIDS – 106th;
  • Burden of government regulations – 103rd;
  • And so on.

On average we obtained 43rd place in the world.

Alexei Navalny posted a more mocking post on the subject to his blog:

Never mind that by some measures we are below Africa: the incidence of AIDS in the adult population in Russia is at 106th place, TB – 88th, life expectancy – 97th.

But the 70-meter yacht of Russian billionaire Vagit Alekperov [president of Russia’s Lukoil] Galactica Super Nova (the largest aluminum yacht in the world) won the Monaco Yacht Show, received awards in the categories of best new yacht and best interior design!

The boat was built in just 41 months at the Dutch Heesen shipyard and delivered to the billionaire this year, it was among the three winners selected from 13 nominees.

He goes on to note some of the yacht’s more prominent features [photos here], including a helipad that can be transformed into an outdoor dance floor or a cinema.

We will get TB and die at 60, but know that somewhere in a beautiful location floats a winning boat, bought with the money from our mother-oil flowing from our land.

And in whatever form the helipad on the yacht takes – the open-air dance floor or the cinema – somewhere in the corner on one of the designs will certainly be tied an inconspicuous St George Ribbon.

We will survive all hardships and endure any difficulties for the sake of these ribbons.



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