Why even spiking energy prices won’t let Russia back into the Game

Even the ones who have benefitted want out, and for very good reasons.

Lots of anecdotal evidence for this, of course, but when you’re upper-middle class all want out and are planning to send their children out, for good, it doesn’t matter whether oil hits 160 a barrel or not.  Brain drain is what it is, and constantly defending oneself against corruption is a guarantee that initiative that might make Russians’ lives better won’t be exercised, for fear of making the innovator into a target.

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