Grudging admission in the fervidly anti-Putin partly foreign owned Moscow Times.
There is actually a lot more to say about this subject. For example Russia's Yandex has now bought up Uber's Russia franchise.
Russia is the only country I know of which has a comprehensive range of tech platforms which both duplicate and successfully compete with US platforms. Japan has some platforms but not the whole range of platforms that Russia does. China of course does have a comprehensive range of platforms, but they do not have to compete with US platforms within China because of the effect of China's Great Firewall. The Russians by contrast are methodically and successfully building up their platforms whilst still allowing Russian consumers in Russia itself to access US platforms.
Of course Russian tech companies (as Moscow Times says) are getting massive help from the Kremlin, which includes a great deal of arms twisting, but still, it is interesting that they are proving so successful on their home market, and shows that they must be delivering a good and even superior product.
The Russian effort is also backed by hardware, and this side the Moscow Times article does not discuss at all. Partly that is because the Russians are very cagey talking about this aspect. However one senses that this has increased on a big scale, with the Russian military and Russian government institutions apparently using Russian made hardware which uses exclusively Russian chips.
Much to say about that with Rostec - the giant state own conglomerate, which some are increasingly comparing to Samsung, and which runs Russia's MIC - playing the central role, but that is for another day.
Of course it all began when the US began its sanctions war, and started to use its tech companies as instruments of policy, but that too is for another day.
News Topic 312
Meeting with Nuland produced ‘some measured results’ but American ‘ultimatums’ still a problem, Russian deputy FM tells RT — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union
Biden’s bid to woo Moscow shows US is tired of conflict with Russia over Ukraine, and is more worried about war with China instead — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union
Press review: Was Nuland’s Moscow tour productive and Hungary backs Poland in EU standoff
Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Overchuk - United States Department of State
**News Topic 593***
President Putin on Taiwan: 'China does not need to use force'
Following Russia's Energy Week, with many interesting interview snippets from CNBC, Russian President Putin decided to take a break and walk around the Kremlin.
Local pigeons instantly recognised Putin and saluted the Russian leader))
The Duran: Episode 961
France's Marine Le Pen Acquitted in Case Over Violating Hate Speech Laws
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This is just to say thank you to all of you, especially those of you who have expressed feelings of support for me over the last few weeks.
On 22nd September 2021 my father in law, David Brown, who I loved deeply, and who was not just a member of my family, but who was also a dear and very close friend, died suddenly and unexpectedly, of a heart attack.
My wife Catherine, his daughter, was as you can all imagine, deeply upset and affected, as was I, and as were all his family.
We buried David this week in a funeral attended by all his family and by his many friends.
As a result I have been away from London for all of this week.
The last few weeks have been very difficult, but they have been made easier and indeed bearable by your many expressions of support.
Thank you also from Catherine.