Desperate Russians battle over imported dildos

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Bear in mind the plan? Wreck the Russian financial system, drive regime change and produce ‘victory to Ukraine!’. To date, this isn’t figuring out very nicely.

Robert Harneis (DR)
Robert Harneis (DR)

By Robert Harneis

The European proxy conflict in Ukraine, towards Russia, is trying increasingly like a black TV comedy collection day-after-day.
First we had the French Caesar Howitzers, despatched by President Macron to arm Kiev. Two have been bought by Russian intelligence brokers from Ukrainian troopers, on the black market. The Russian arms producer Uralvagonzavod, which produces, amongst different issues, Armata tanks and Msta-S self-propelled artillery mounts, thanked President Macron warmly for the self-propelled weapons (€5 million every), which they’re now finding out.

For a handful of bitcoins

Subsequent, fairly dependable media report that the ever resourceful Ukrainians have offered a minimum of one and probably two of the eighteen very particular HIMAR rocket launchers despatched at huge expense by the USA to cease the Russians and their autonomist Donbass allies and even trigger them to retreat. The sale worth was allegedly $880,0000, money in fact. In accordance with Russian sources information of such a transaction is delayed to allow the Ukrainians involved to get some bitcoins to their households and get them in another country earlier than the information is launched. The ‘excessive’ worth Is related with the accompanying software program and ammunition for an additional $330,000. The weapons and equipment, it appears, are left discretely in disputed territory for assortment. Contemplating that every launcher prices round $5.5 million and the rockets are between $3-5 million every the Russians didn’t over pay.
NATO has in the meantime enthusiastically given away all its spare weapons to Ukraine after which some. Fairly how they will equip their new (imaginary?) 300,000 man fast response drive within the occasion of conflict with Russia is unclear.

Ruffle in Europe

On the political entrance there is no such thing as a scarcity of issues… within the West. The coalition governing Italy is crumbling with the desertion of the 5 Star social gathering and the EU appointed Prime Minister Mario Draghi has introduced his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella, who’s even older than President Biden. Draghi received his vote of no confidence however resigned anyway as a result of the situations to manipulate “now not exist”. Think about the frustration of this a lot tried 74 yr outdated, when he was despatched again to his workplace and his resignation was refused. All that cash from Goldman Sachs plus large pensions and he can’t retire and spend it. In any respect prices an election have to be prevented and the Euro protected.
Germany is reeling from the alleged presence of Chancellor Scholtz at a rape social gathering. Sure, you learn that proper, not a rave social gathering. The power saga there’s a comedy all by itself. Don’t need Russian gasoline; will need to have Russian gasoline; can’t get Russian gasoline. On prime of that the ungrateful Ukrainian ambassador referred to as Scholz a “sulky German sausage”. Worst of all you now must pay $18 a month to modify on the seat heater in your new BMW, or so we’re instructed – we are able to’t afford one.

The russophobic United Kingdom

Evidently France now prospers below a minority authorities. Estonia has misplaced its very belligerent Prime Minister. No want to say, the terminal issues confronted by the UK’s could be Churchillian conflict chief, Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Even the try and ban Russians from Wimbledon failed with a Russian lady profitable the Girls singles below the Kazakhstan flag. Sadly for the Russo phobic UK, the Moscow born and bred tennis participant, Elena Rybakina, didn’t tackle overseas citizenship in 2019 as a result of she hates Putin however as a result of the neighboring Kazakhs pay higher and are very eager on tennis. It was additionally the primary remaining through which neither participant was from the West. Is that this an omen?

The euro at parity with the greenback

In Russia, regardless of the most effective efforts of the Russian Central Financial institution, the Ruble has surged once more to beneath 60 to the greenback, stronger than earlier than the conflict began. Because the Germans discovered with the Deutsche Mark, having a really extremely valued forex will be inconvenient. In the meantime the Euro has fallen to parity with the greenback for the primary time since 2002. No one in France appears to keep in mind that in 2017 presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was ridiculed for saying {that a} 15% devaluation was acceptable in the event you needed to go away the Euro.
On the sanctions entrance, NATO allies Germany and Canada have been combating over the blocking of significant tools for gasoline pipeline Nord Stream 1, despatched by Siemens to their Canadian division for repairs (why?). The Canadians wouldn’t give it again and the Germans needed to insist fairly firmly to alter their minds. Or maybe to alter Washington’s thoughts. For the second there is no such thing as a gasoline in any respect coming by means of both Nord Stream 1 or 2. The EU is now for the primary time utilizing costlier US gasoline than low-cost dependable Russian gasoline.

The Russian enclave of Kaliningrad

Lithuania has been bullied by Brussels to cease blockading items travelling between mainland Russia and the Baltic Russian enclave of Kaliningrad and has now agreed to permit most items by means of. It appears the concept the Russians may blockade all of the Baltic States was a little bit of a fear, however not practically as a lot a fear because the menace to withdraw recognition of Lithuania’s frontiers. This is able to have meant that Russia now not acknowledged the exterior borders of the European Union.
Bloomberg tells us that the EU is now planning gasoline rationing for the winter. In the meantime meals and gasoline costs rise alarmingly.

Ursula von der Leyen, a Russian agent?

In Russia, however, the estimated fall in Russian Gross Home Product (PIB in French), on account of sanctions, has come down from minus 15% to twenty% to round minus 3.5%. Manufacturing output is choosing up and costs are starting to fall, with document oil and gasoline revenues for decrease gross sales volumes. No rationing envisaged there.
One may fairly ask if Fee President Ursula Van der Leyen is a Russian agent, given the financial injury to the EU she has presided over since she took workplace lower than three years in the past?
It will, nevertheless, be silly to recommend that sanctions aren’t disturbing the Russian financial system and employment in some areas.
Evidently the Mozart of Finance, and France’s monetary Napoleon, Bruno Le Maire could have been proper in any case, that the Russian financial system is about to break down. As he instructed us when the conflict started, “The steadiness of financial and monetary power is completely in favor of the European Union, which is within the means of discovering its financial energy”. Particularly In some import sectors, there’s actual misery in Russia. Media outlet MK reviews a critical incident in Moscow – ‘prison on pink scooter, and armed with shotgun, robbed Muscovite of his dildo.’ Determined males determined measures.
In the meantime in Ukraine hundreds are dying.

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