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Russia Lectures US: You're in No Position to Give Advice

Russia Lectures US: You're in No Position to Give Advice

Russian President Dmitri A. Medvedev is in no mood to listen to US criticism about the state of human rights or democracy in Russia. This week he said that the US was "essentially in a depression" and thus in no shape to tell other countries what to do.

During an interview with foreign journalists, one reporter asked the president about John McCain's proposal to expel Russia from the G8 for its record on democracy. Medvedev offered a lesson in international relations: "The Group of 8 exists not because someone likes or dislikes it, but because objectively, they are the biggest world economies and the most serious players from the foreign policy point of view." Little more than a decade after communism fell and left Russia in economic shambles, lucrative oil exports have made Russia economically, and geopolitically, confident.

Gas-station-side prayer vigils across America, organized by the Prayer at the Pump movement, might be giving Medvedev the evidence he needs to make such statements. For more on God and gas,


The prayer group's founder, a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, said the group is currently in the prayer phase of working for lower-pump prices, but will soon begin activist work. He said: "We are praying that God will touch the hearts of people in power to find a solution quickly."

If money talks, do tough times mean America will soon lose its international influence?


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trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
I didn't know he was allowed to speak.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Not to mention the fact that the state of human rights in the US has nothing to do with human rights in Russia. Just because we have problems doesn't mean it's okay for them to be shitheads.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Cotedazur I would agree but Mendevev made his comments not in light of our issues in guatanamo, but based on our economy. He pretty much said, "the US is in not position to criticize us over human rights because they are not a big economic player any longer now that they are in a depression." That's like criticizing a man's character based on his dick size, it's kind of irrelevant. Now, if he'd been like, "oh it's rich for the US to criticize us for human rights abuses in light of the issues at guantanamo right now" then that would be different. But he didn't. So he can stfu. It's not like we're even in a depression anyway. I'm sorry, but high gas and food prices do NOT equal a depression. I'll be very sad if what we are in is an official recession, but honestly, I'm not worried that I'm going to starve to death, I have clothes, though not designer, and I know things will turn around.
syako syako 9 years
oh wow! Sounds fun! I'm pretty jealous! :P
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
I'm going on a Scandanavian cruise. It starts in London and goes through Belgium, Amsterdam, Berlin, Conpenhagen, Poland, Finland, St. Petersburg, Estonia, and Stockholm. I am SOOOO excited!!!!
syako syako 9 years
hf, where you going? good thing you aren't going during winter (I made THAT mistake!) :oy:
syako syako 9 years
dmitri looks constipated. :rotfl: That made my day betty! :P
cotedazur cotedazur 9 years
I have to say that I agree with Medvedev on this point... human rights and democracy, with all that is going on with prisoners in Guantanamo Bay and in Iraq, are not exactly America's strong points at this moment in time. I live abroad and from the outside, the United States seems to have absolutely no perspective on our internal difficulties. We are virtually the only civilized nation that still uses the death penalty; we are the only world power to have refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol, nuclear non-proliferation treaties, and anti-land mine treaties; we have a woefully sub-standard public school system and virtually unaffordable higher education; health care is nothing short of a nightmare; and while we are not yet in a recession, we're standing on the brink. We are very lucky to be Americans, but instead of patting ourselves on the back for living in a country that calls itself 'the world's only superpower', we need to start addressing our domestic issues and staying out of other countries' business.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
I suppose you are right Steph lol
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
I'll be in Russia in three weeks. :) :cocktail:
stephley stephley 9 years
You'd look constipated too, if you had Putin looking over your shoulder all the time - what a devil this guy got into bed with!
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
Really good points Hypno. Whether or not we are in a supposed recession US companies, brands, education and government still surpass that of other countries. I do not think we are even close to that much of a decline in our global influence. "essentially in a depression" gas prices are high, markets are down but we are far from a depression...we have highs and lows in this country but as Hypno said its times like these where we as a country show our strength. Dmitri eat some prunes you look constipated.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
no! not before I get to travel to Russia. that's next on my list, rac!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I look forward to having Russia as an enemy again since we can't seem to beat Al Qaeda.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
good points hypno, all of them.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Tough times are what America is made of. It is in these times that our strength is shaped and just like the muscle pushed until failure we react and fashion ourselves to more efficiently take on new challenges thus from that failure rise stronger than before. Sen. McCain needs to bight his flippant tongue before he starts another cold war and all President Medvedev is doing is barking loudly to save face. Russia can not afford to appear weak especially in the face of a U.S. Sen. much less the President himself.
stephley stephley 9 years
A whole lot would have to go wrong before economics seriously cost our international influence. It could happen, but we're not there. Some of the Administration's policies though, are costing us diplomatic influence on issues like Zimbabwe and Darfur.
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