I successfully managed not to post a quick response to Kuznetsov's comment on my post where I somewhat sharply described the stuff he writes as crap peddled, or his subsequent post "Why do they hate us?" This was partially because the Russia Blog would not let me/was having a technical bad hair day for the second day in a row and partially because there is enough unhelpful inflammatory rubbish going on between Russia and the UK as it is.
Silence however, would be a little too much to ask. I will endeavour to be balanced, as anyone who can determine that I hate Russians from suggesting that he writes crap is clearly a little sensitive.
Criticism is hardly alien to Russian culture; it gets ladled out with big stolovaya spoons at pretty much any opportunity. The first Volgotanker post-shareholder meeting dinner I attended way-back-when still wins the award for most destructive toasting. However, in Moscow circles criticism is again a little taboo at the margins. And criticism does not indicate anything other than a view that things could be done a. better or b. better not done at all.
Constructive criticism would be more useful than describing a blog as peddled crap; and the response from Kuznetsov that I am a crap writer - whilst closer to the mark than he imagines - is equally useless as piece of criticism. Suggesting that because I am aware that the garden does not universally smell of roses, and write about it, that I should return to the UK shows a level of sensitivity which is bordering on the paranoid. I have lived in Russia longer than I have lived anywhere, and am way more qualified to be critical than I am of the UK. If I hated the place I would not still be here, and I came to do nothing other than participate in the boom, bust and boom again. I don't need to write that the garden is rosy - I invest in the garden; real money in primary issues which grow young companies.
Oh and if anyone thinks that I am hiding I would suggest that 30 seconds with google will provide you with my identity. I am partially anonymous for a very good reason. This likelihood of this blog impacting my business negatively is a very non-trivial greater than 100%. I don't use it for publicity - I use it to write what I see, what I think and to work out what I am thinking.
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