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Feature Story April 29, 2004
 
50 Reasons Why Russia Still Matters
 
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No matter what the plot calls for, a Russian bad guy does the job with aplomb. There are so many to choose from, from flathead thugs (The Italian Job), to greasy, tacky New Russians (The Sopranos), to psycho hitmen (Tomorrow Never Dies) to corrupt Army colonels (The Peacemaker). No matter what geopolitical future awaits our world, rest assured that movie villians will be rolling their r's for a long time to come.

8. Soviet-era technology

If you're thinking that there's nothing of interest in the Russian arsenal, think again. Just because they can't get their buildings to stand straight doesn't mean their army has no toys. They've got oodles and oodles of cool weaponry that our top brass is dying to get its paws on. That's why we keep sending over people like Edmund Pope to manage our network of informants like Igor Sutyagin. If we just keep digging long enough, we're sure to find the mother lode.

9. Suitcase nukes

Regardless of the fact that no real experts take rumors of the arsenal of Russian suitcase nukes seriously, they do have a strategic value. The specter of a handheld bomb turning Manhattan into atomic dust is enough to encourage Americans to willingly surrender their civil rights, courtesy of the Freedom Support Act. Such paranoia feeds right into the hands of American security agencies. They've been gaining more power with every president since FDR (with a slight hiccup after Nixon), and surely they realize that the Russians can help them further consolidate!

10. Putie-Poot's feelings

Way back before Putin had consolidated his power and started letting himself get caught on camera looking coy, he had exactly one expression: steely. Bush was the first to see behind that macho facade into his mischievous and slightly insecure soul. The two formed a bond that transcended geopolitical realities or even fundamental national interests. Even when Bush took over Russian bases in Central Asia, installed a friendly regime in Georgia and launched a war against a Russian ally, nothing could shake their bond. It hurt, but Putie-Poot swallowed his pride for the sake of the friendship. But now it's time to give back. What about Putie-Poot's wants and needs?

11. Nevas

When the UN decided to give its Afghan employees SUVs, there was a flurry of panic at HQ. There was no way on earth that anybody, even those bleeding hearts who work for Kofi Annan, was going to hand over brand-new Japanese or German vehicles to the hairy semi-human locals. But they had to drive something... That's when Russia's car industry came to the rescue. Give'em Nevas! Not good enough for first-worlders to drive, but plenty good enough for Afghans -- and so cheap you can just burn them when they're soaked with Afghan bodily fluids!

12. The Ukrainians

What, are we supposed to just let them rule themselves? The first line in their national anthem is "Ukraine hasn't perished yet!" A nation like that is crying out to be dominated. It's for their own good. But the West can't be burdened with another charity, especially when the Russians are willing to do it for free. Let the Russians oppress the khokhli and stroke their inferiority complex. It's the humane thing to do.

13. Michael McFaul

Russia is the only thing that keeps Michael McFaul's career alive. McFaul parlayed his very modest intellectual gifts into a cushy job rubber-stamping the kleptocracy in Yeltsin's era, and cleverly repositioned himself as a stern critic of creeping Putinism when a new American administration needed a new take from its Russia-hands. Without Russia, McFaul would be a surly, bitter middle-aged Poli Sci instructor at some Community College in the Central Valley. For the sake, not just of McFaul but of his Golden Retriever and modest SUV, Russia must survive!

14. AIDS

For the last three years, Russia has had the fastest AIDS growth rate in the world. With stats like that, no rational African would believe that AIDS is just a way to rid the world of blacks. Without Russia, Africa would think that the only reason we won't authorize the manufacture of cheap AIDS drugs is 'cuz they're black. Thanks to Russia, we can show that we're willing to deny white people lifesaving drugs, too!

15. Poland


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