World Cup

Apologies for the lack of posts of late. I’ve been either glued to the TV watching the World Cup (I type this while watching Russia v. Egypt – currently 2-0 – no, now it’s 3-0!!) or typing a book chapter which I had promised someone I would complete by mid-June
(finished it 5 minutes ago). Tomorrow I fly off to Moscow with my two boys to watch some of the World Cup in person. We’ll be going to Nizhny Novgorod, Moscow, and Kaliningrad. I will try to do a bit of World Cup blogging while there.

Stay tuned!

21 thoughts on “World Cup”

  1. Is hosting WC, Winter Olympics, etc. A net gain for Russia? Like Brazil, it seems like a dubious decision when there are so many pressing issues for the citizenry.


    1. “Is hosting WC, Winter Olympics, etc. A net gain for Russia?”


      “Like Brazil”

      Russia is in no way a Brazil

      “there are so many pressing issues for the citizenry”

      There are currently NO any “pressing issues” that would be possibly solved by not having to host the Mundiale. Quit your concern trolling.


      1. “Well, it would be better to spend money on building a bridge to Sakhalin”

        What, Russia is so poor now that no one is building said bridge?

        I get a certain “We’d be drinking Bavarian beer now!” wibe from all those complaining that Russia is hosting the Mundiale. Same crowd really.


      1. “This is an expensive project”

        Say that graphic a while ago. And? Are you saying that nothing is done to build the bridge right now? Or that nothing costly should be attemted to be ever build in Russia? With logic like that, Russia would have NEVER did anything in its history if only waiting for the “better times”.


  2. Lucky you – enjoy your trip

    Football truly is a world game. In my workplace it has energised people and is the focus of many friendly conversations. 😉

    Here in the UK the government and the media have been saying so many negative things. The bbc have been terrible scaring fans from going.

    But once the football starts – People just love the game!

    Well done to Russia for putting on a great show.


    1. Anglophonic MSM (think WaPo, WSJ, Daily Beast, Times, Daily Express, Chosen People of the NewYorker Magazine, Leonid Bershidsky from the Bloomberg) together with the dutiful japping from the limitroph states of the Butthurt Belt of Europe provide such painful, pitiful coverage, that one can’t help be reminded of this popular in RuNet verse:

      At wedding guests were very merry
      They shouted “Cheers!” and “Bottoms up!”
      And only dissident Gennady
      Held up the banner “Down with the Regime!

      – Rostislav Chebykin

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  3. @Lyttenburgh Obv Russia isn’t Brazil, but it still lags behind Europe in most areas other than education, look at wages for a very striking example.


    1. What’s your evidence for Russian wages or Russian wages growth lagging behind their equivalents in Europe? Without evidence you can point to, your statement is empty.


      1. I know you’re just trolling (no one can honestly be that stupid), but for some reason I’m going to go through the trouble of stating the painfully obvious. If someone is poor, it’s either because they don’t have an income or their income is low. Unemployment in Russia is not particularly high, so if there are a large number of poor people there, it must be because of low incomes. QED. But anyway, since data on wages specifically can be found on Wikipedia, there’s really no excuse for ignorance on the issue.

        As an aside, you’re not doing “your side” any favours by acting like this. When you’re either ignorant of the most basic facts and too lazy to learn (or when you pretend to be), you make it look like people who don’t buy into 100% of the NYT, the Guardian, etc. line about Russia are just silly hacks who can be safely ignored. If your aim is actually to convince anyone about anything, this is not helpful.


      2. Ha, Marcus’ evidence that wages and salaries in Russia are lower than their equivalents in Europe is that in 2018, 20 million people (representing 13.8% of the total population) in Russia were living below the poverty line. This is cherry-picking at its laziest.

        Many if not most of those 20 million will be pensioners, the unemployed and others on social welfare for some reason. Some others will be people living off the grid because they are aboriginal people following traditional hunting-gathering life-styles in remote parts of Siberia or the European Arctic north. The figure of 20 million will include children as well and children as a group are more likely to live in poverty in most countries. This is more of an indictment of the provision of social welfare in the Russian Federation, not on the level of wages in Russia vis-a-vis those in Europe.

        Poverty is determined by many different factors and the interplay of wages (when the country’s rate of inflation is taken out) and the cost of living is just one factor. Unfortunately not all countries determine what is poverty and what is not in the same way, and the definition can affect the way statistics are collected.

        In addition, if real wages in Russia (that is, money wages adjusted for inflation) can buy the same amount of equivalent goods and services as real wages in most parts of Europe do, then real wages in Russia are on par with real wages in Europe, and are not lagging.


      3. “In addition, if real wages in Russia (that is, money wages adjusted for inflation) can buy the same amount of equivalent goods and services as real wages in most parts of Europe do, then real wages in Russia are on par with real wages in Europe, and are not lagging.”

        Ok, but no adult human being with even basic general knowledge thinks that’s the case, so it’s irrelevant. Again,

        Now stop trolling and find something more productive to do.


      4. *Sigh* Since apparently it’s my job to do your basic Google research for you, here’s a useful link about cost of living

        The cost of living in the UK (including rents) is 91.2% higher than in Russia. Whereas, in the link about wages which I already provided (and which was of course ignored), it shows that average wages in the UK are more than 4 times what they are in European Russia (and Asian Russia is even less) The numbers are similar for other Western European countries. Again, QED.


      5. I think it’s reasonable to ask Marcus what information he found that shows Russia lagging behind Europe on most criteria, and in wages in particular. When he says that Russian wages lag behind European wages, what exactly is he referring to? Is he referring to average wage, minimum wage or wages in certain industries or job categories? Or is he not actually referring to wages but to growth in Russian wages compared to growth in European wages over the last decade or so?

        Instead he refers to Putin’s March 2018 address to both houses of the Russian Federal Assembly in which Putin admits that 20 million Russians were living below the official poverty line. This is not evidence; as Mitleser notes, the article Marcus refers to does not mention wages at all. Many if not most of those people living below the official poverty line will not be earning a wage or a salary but instead be living on welfare income. Many of these people will also be living in areas where infrastructure improvements are needed and provision of services such as health services, education and utilities may be inadequate and substandard. The cost of living may vary in these areas depending on local factors which goes to show that living costs are one factor among many that can determine the level and extent of poverty that exists in those places.

        I have seen the links that Ryan Ward has provided and noted in the Wikipedia link that some European countries (mainly in the east and southeast) are not that much ahead of Russia in average net monthly salary adjusted for living costs in purchasing power parity. I wonder how Azerbaijan manages to compare well with Slovenia and Croatia and I surmise this could be because there are many individuals pulling fantastic monthly salaries, that their earnings are skewing the overall figures upwards. This suggests that the information in the link does take into account the fact that in some European countries, the extremes between the lowest monthly salaries and the highest may be very extreme indeed. Also for the same occupations, monthly salaries in some European countries can be very high (because these occupations are valued) whereas in other European countries, monthly salaries are low.


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