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Rough Times in Russia

indexRussia’s day of retribution is coming. You mistreat orphans, you invade other countries, and it’s going to come back to haunt you.

According to my worldview, whatever you sow, you’re going to reap. It may be sooner, it may be later, but life doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Many of Russia’s actions in recent years have sufficiently irritated everyone from NATO, to the EU, to the US. Both Europe and America are leading the way in introducing new sanctions against Russia, and it’s causing them some very rough economic times that will probably mushroom in the days ahead.

Currently, there are almost 39 rubles to the dollar. Only a decade ago, one enjoyed about 25% more in the exchange. thEarlier this month, annual inflation hovered at 7.7%, and average Russians are concerned, very concerned, that inflation will continue to skyrocket.

Russia’s deputy finance minister, Alexei Moiseyev, urges, “Don’t panic,” while the rest of the world advises, “Get straight.”

What’s going to happen to all of the stipends paid to fostering and adoptive families in Russia, you know, the ones who gather their payments and then, when the funding runs out, or when the children thprove problematic, they return them to orphanages? How will those stipends hold up when their economy begins to crash and burn? Where’s the bravado of Russia telling the rest of the world that they don’t need the income generated by foreign adoptions, particularly after a very costly Sochi Olympics where cost overruns were beyond outrageous and costs came in at $51 billion?

Bolstered by such a public relations venture, President Putin metth during the Olympics with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, pressuring him to use force against the Kievan protesters who wanted Ukraine to unite with the European Union, and not with Russia. As we all know, things escalated from there.

As nations, as individuals, we often pay for sins committed. So what’s the cure?

Call it what you wish: repent, change, turn around, get straight. Or continue a downward decline.

Looks like it’s going to be one cold, Russian winter on the horizon.


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