Boy, Doug -- you're a cheap date. Those teabags buy you lunch and all of a sudden you think they speak the gospel. Remind me to buy you lunch next time I'm in NYC! :-)
I think that's a bit of grandstanding on the FT's part. I think the "surprise" everyone had was that anyone bought any at all. The Russians themselves called it a "moderate success" and like I said, they didn't sell enough to cover their upcoming obligations.
Sign me up for Russia being on the brink of destruction. Film at 11.