From Russia, with love :-)
While the jury is still out on the PAC report and the
attendant “sanitize-myself-ahead-of-2007” battles for
guys in and outside government, something will have to
give in the way of openness in the area of
capitalization and privatization of some public
corporations / parastatals.
You know the Russian orligachs that hoovered around
Boris Yeltsin and, in part, continue to hound Vladimir
Putin (no hard feelings towards Chelsea fans :-)?
Most of these guys made their kill at the height of
the results of the petroiska and other fruits of the
glasnost when most souls had their eyes on what they
thought was the bigger prize (changes at the Kremlin).
Thus a good number of Russians remain in abject
poverty, battling against their biggest silent killer
apart from substance abuse – HIV / Aids (much because
of the weak moral fabric spawned by an atheistic 70
years-plus past as well as the continent’s
never-ending “sexual revolution”) – and other issues
that are spiralling into off-shots of heightened
Anti-Semitism (there always has to be someone to blame
for some of these things; global and European Jewry in
particular has had its unfair share of this down the
Not very different from most post-independent African
stories in several respects.
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