Russian demographics

Doug Henwood dhenwood at
Wed Jul 15 12:08:51 PDT 1998

Brad De Long wrote:

>>alec ramsdell wrote:
>>>And she notes: "Now, the IMF just gave Russia $22 billion. . . .
>>>Everyone's ecstatic . . . the government is patting itself on the back,
>>>and now life can go on as it was pre-crisis."
>>And the kleptocrats' foreign bank accounts will probably swell by at least
>>$11 billion.
>Nahh. Only $3 billion at most...

Well, a World Bank anthropologist once told me that they assumed that Marcos was stealing 1/3 of the money the Bank lent the Philippines. I think you could say the same (at least) about Suharto. Why should the Russkis be any less thievish than those thugs?


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