Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Sopranos in Moscow

The Georgians will have a cold and dark winter. In order to discipline the free democratic republic Georgia, Russia find it necessary to use every available means. First the price of Russian gas to Georgia is going to be doubled from 01.01.2007. Gazprom have suggested that Georgia gives them the control over gas pipes and the distribution system in Georgia in change for a lower gas price in 2007. Needless to say the Georgian parliament were not thrilled over this generous offer. When this obviously didn’t impress the Georgians, Putin quickly found out that he had to put pressure on the potential distributors of gas like Azerbadjan in order to secure the Georgians the coldest winter ever. Just like the methods mafia-organizations uses.

Must the world really have to be bothered with this embarrassing display of primitivism? To illustrate what this doubling of the gas price means for a Georgian we can use a teacher as example. He earns 150 Lari pr. month, and pays 70 Lari in gas. Now he will have to pay 140 Lari. That means he have to live on 10 Lari a month, approximately 6$, six dollars. And he even HAS a job.


Blogger Hans said...

70-to 80 Lari we paid last winter a month for 1 heating (thus not in every room one) Teachers make their primary living with private lessons as from Lari 150 nobody can exist.

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