Why does Russia need more lands?


Ozodi Osuji

Russia’s land mass is the largest in the world, it is about two times the size of the USA. Russia has 6.60 million square miles; the USA has 3.80 million square miles. France is 213.011 square miles; Germany is 137.988 square Miles; the UK is 98.628 square miles.

Russia has only 146 million persons, the USA has 330 million persons. The population of Germany is 83, 788, 947 million persons; the population of the UK is 67, 886, 011 million persons and the population of France is 65, 273, 511 million persons.

      Russia’s GDP in 2021 was $1.638 trillion dollars (which is less than that of the state of California’s GDP of over $3 trillion dollars); USA’s GDP was $20.54 trillion dollars in 2018.

     Russia’s income per capita is $5.002; the US income per capita is $68.309.

     Given the huge size of Russia and its small population, why is it trying to gobble up other countries, such as Ukraine? For what does it need more lands?

      Russia is a European country; its natural European boundary ends at the Ural Mountains. Any land beyond that Russia grabbed from other people, particularly from Asians. During the era of colonialization (from the late 1400s), Spain, Portugal, France, the UK colonized many lands outside Europe; they grabbed lands in the Americas, Asia and Africa and elsewhere. Russia, on the other hand, expanded eastwards, it conquered Asian people and took their lands. That is how come Russia now has such obscene amount of territory. The West-Europeans have given independence to their former colonies. It is now time for Russia to do the same, give independence to the people it conquered in Asia; Russia must decolonize the Asian countries it has; at any rate, it is unable to govern them well.

      At the end of the Second World war, Russian Troops entered Germany. They kidnapped leading German scientists and technologists and took them to Russia and used their skills to jump start many parts of their industries including their Rocketry programs (the USA did some of that, too, the German, Werner Von Braun started the US Rocketry and Space program).

      We are told that it wants to have a buffer zone between it and European countries and NATO. That is a crock; Russia is a European country and ought to join the EU and NATO. Why does it see itself as outside Europe? (Please do not talk to me about Russian history for I understand it.)

     And what good does Russia do its people, really? Their Income Per Capita is that of third world countries.

     Despite having massive natural resources Russia remains a poor, underdeveloped, third world country; it is a gas station with nuclear weapons.

     Why don’t the leaders of Russia spend their time developing their people, diversifying their economy so that the average Russian’s income per capita approximates that of the average European and American’s?

     The UK’s income per capita is $41, 811; France’s income per capita is $35, 765; Germany’s income per capita is $41, 259. The GDP of Germany is $3.5 trillion dollars; the GDP of the UK is $2.3 trillion dollars; the GDP of France is $ 2.3 trillion dollars. The Overall GDP of Europe is about $16 trillion dollars.

     All that Russia has historically done is have an autocratic government and its people, like cattle, go along with their authoritarian leaders and refuse to rise and challenge whoever autocratic tzar is ruling them (now it is Vladmir Putin). They pay a terrible price for not rising to be real men by becoming mostly addicted to Alcohol.

     It is said that the Russian soldiers in Ukraine’s first function is to look for liquor stores and get drunk and fall, dead drunk. There is a price to be paid if a people refuse to fight for liberty and democracy, they become alcohol and drug addicts. Russians must give up alcohol and fight for their freedom.

      Russia is the most poorly governed country in Europe and yet it wants to gobble up other countries. Why? A few so-called Russian Oligarchs have most of the money while most Russians live at poverty level. Russia is the most corrupt country in Europe; its corruption is like Nigerians’ corruption.

     If you ask me, Russia is too large to be one country; it ought to be divided into, at least, twenty countries; it ought to give all the non-ethnic Russians it is oppressing independence.

Russia is worthless; Vladimir Putin is an idiot. He ought to be developing his underdeveloped country rather than thinking that he can fight with the civilized Western world; by the time he is done fighting with the West his economy would have collapsed, and the people return to living like Afghanistan’s. This is a pity.

     Have you ever bought a consumer item, such as computer, cell phone, cars, television etc. made in Russia? I do not see them talk more buying them. But every store I walk into in the USA is filled with Chinese products. Russia mostly sells second rate military weapons. See how Ukrainians easily destroy their tanks, this is because they are 1950s technology. In Russia itself most consumer goods are made in Germany, including their cars. If Germany withdrew her economic presence in Russia, she would not be different from Nigeria. Russia needs to start manufacturing consumer goods and stop pretending that it is in the class of the EU and the USA. A country where the average Russian makes $420 a month is not in the same league with Americans and Europeans whose minimum wage workers make $1600 a month.

Ozodi Osuji March 8, 2022

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