RuSSian elites starting to panic

An argument on Russian state television is a “good sign” that Russia’s leadership is cracking, according to a former U.S. ambassador to Russia.

Russia has threatened nationalization since the start of the war, saying that the country will nationalize assets of Western companies pulling resources from Russia because of its invasion of Ukraine, according to a Voice of America English News article.

Hundreds of companies have already left Russia after expressing dissatisfaction with the war, and if Russia continues to nationalize its resources, one pundit is concerned more economic damage will be done.

The pundit argued against nationalization in a clip of Russian state television circulating around Twitter on Wednesday. Russian state TV guests have increasingly expressed concern about the war, such as admitting Russia wasn’t prepared for war and accidentally revealing that Russia was using Iranian drones while on a hot mic before the information was made public.

The most recent clip, which has nearly 1 million views, shows the pundit arguing with fellow television guests about the impact of nationalization. The nearly 1-minute clip shows the speaker growing more exasperated as he talks.

Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said the televised segment signals weakness in Russia’s regime.

“That this can be said on national television is a good sign. The regime is cracking. The elite is panicking,” he tweeted.

During the clip, the pundit argued Russia could lose plenty of resources if it were to nationalize.

The pundit said Russia’s Sapsans, high-speed electric express trains, would “stop tomorrow” if the country nationalizes. The Sapsans are manufactured by Siemens, which is headquartered in Munich, Germany. Other companies, like Starbucks, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and German-based Mercedes-Benz, have already withdrawn from Russian markets.

“What are we going to ride on?” the pundit said. “There is nothing to drive on, we just have to accept that.

“Of course, it’s easy to stand on an armored car saying, ‘let’s nationalize everything’,” he said, criticizing the Russian military’s stance.

The pundit argued that if Russia nationalizes its resources, Russian citizens will not have cars to drive or phones to make calls on.

© 2022 DR Nyheder

2 comments

  1. You can ride on a jackass. Concerning phones, i’m sure there’s plenty of crappy phones available from China. Just enjoy your wonderful ruSSian paradise! 😎

    Liked by 5 people

  2. “What are we going to ride on?”

    They can do as their glorious army is doing; bring stuff out of storage, museums and junkyards, like steam locomotives, buggies and ancient Ladas.

    Liked by 6 people

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