Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Moscow Used to Blame Inflation on Declining Exchange Rate of Ruble; Now It Blames It on Rising Rate

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Nov. 18 – The Russian government must think its people are all fools, some residents of that country say. It used to say that the source of inflation was the declining exchange rate of the ruble; now, it says just the opposite and argues that as the ruble gains against other currencies, Russian prices are rising.

            That is just one of the anecdotes circulating in Russia that have been assembled by Moscow journalist Tatyana Pushkaryova (publizist.ru/blogs/107374/47166/-). Among the best of the rest are the following:

·       Now that Putin has freed a murderer from having to pay moral compensation to the family members of his victim, many Russians say that the logical conclusion of this story will be the imprisonment of the victim’s family and lawyer for their presumptuousness in filing suit in the first place.

·       The Kremlin explains that criminals have expiated their guilt by fighting in Ukraine. Is it about to suggest that other Russians indebt for housing and communal services do the same?

·       According to Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the new centers of world civilization that Russia is among include North Korea, Iran, Eritrea, and other outcast states.

·       Ninety-eight percent of Russians approve Valery Gergiyev’s appointment as director of the Bolshoy, although 99 percent in the same poll asked “who is he?”

·       The Russian woman who heads the Moscow Institute of Biology and Biomedicine says that “humanity made a huge mistake when it gave women the chance to get an education. That is the death of our civilization.”

·       Only in Russia does the concept of illegal gangs exist.


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