Apparently, the Russian government is losing Siberia to the Chinese, at least de facto.
President Dmitry Medvedev says that if the Russian government does not take immediate steps, Moscow could lose the Russian Far East, a declaration that one Russian news agency called â€œunprecedentedâ€ and at the very least suggests Russia faces far more serious problems there than the Kremlin has acknowledged up to now.
Speaking to a conference on social-economic development in Kamchatka kray, Medvedev said that â€œif we do not step up the level of activity of our work [in the Russian Far East], then in the final analysis we can lose everything,â€ with that region becoming a source of raw materials for Asian countries.
The consequences of further inaction, the Russian president said, could come not only quite quickly but â€œend in an extremely dramatic wayâ€ much as the Soviet Union did 17 years ago. And consequently, he called on the Russian government to â€œtake administrative decisionsâ€ and not to get tied up with â€œother problems.
Since Putin and the Sock Puppet apparently dream of restoring the Soviet Russian Empire, maybe they should remember that of old, the Czars secured their eastern frontier before conquering their way south (*cough*Georgia*cough) or throwing their weight around in European wars.
(Hat tip to The Dignified Rant)