a. Russia as a whole has 0 years of experience of being capitalist (like US for instance) as the things that happened in the 90's and early 00's weren't capitalism but simply thievery on a scale of the entire country.
There are some professionals in every field, but as I said it is extremely hard for them to get to positions where they can actually change things.
b. Putin (according to what I know) never had plans to turn Ukraine into Russian "protectorate" (whatever this means in your context). This asinine "understanding" of the conflict is unfortunately shared by multiple so-called experts in the West, which in turn promote it to the levels gov. and the general population.
Didn't we already go through this discussion in some other thread?
When one starts to look closely at the nitty-gritty facts on the ground without injecting multiple assumptions the conclusions are sometimes drastically different from the ones you draw.
Putin has the balls - and stupidity - to think that on his personality power he could take on every other oil interests country and entity in the world, kick NATO in the nuts, piss on the Saudis and start rolling into Eastern European countries - and everyone was supposed to tremble at him acting like a maniac with tacit threats of nuclear war.
No, Putin can not win an economic war with the rest of the world. The petroleum countries have opened their valves wide open. This is REALLY pissing off investors - who blame Putin - so the money people have turned on him. Others are taking him on because of ego and his now vulnerability. He can try to cut a long term deal with China - but those are some LONG pipelines to build. And he doesn't have the pipes.
Yeah he could take on the Ukraine. Take on all of Europe. But taking on the worldwide petroleum empire and the worldwide money people? Naw, nobody can do that. They're going to cut him down to submission or removal - Putin's choice.
The shelves are going bare, inflation is growing, the value of government and military paychecks is dwindling, the Russian oligarchs are increasingly bitching, a cold winter is coming, and the powerful people of the world are laughing at him. They don't see him as powerful, they see him as a foolish nutcase.
Please educate yourself a bit about Russia, the conflict in Ukraine and its chronology.
On a general note, that is exactly the problem I keep talking about.
People that don't know the difference between Prohorov and Prohanov keep spouting and promoting their "informed" opinions about Russia, Ukraine and the recent conflict... unfortunately ordinary people on both sides of the Pacific Ocean start drowning in these delusions.
ITAR-TASS | Ukraine estimates lost Crimean shale gas resources at $40 billion
Ukraine estimated Crimean offshore gas resources at $40 billion, Ukrainian parliament-appointed Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan said in an interview to Brussels Euractiv media. "We have lost important areas on the Black Sea shelf. We estimate the losses at $40 billion as possible revenues from extraction of shale gas in Crimea," Prodan said.
As ITAR-TASS reported earlier, gas reserves in Crimea's territory were estimated at 165.3 billion cubic meters, oil at 47 million tonnes and gas condensate at 18.2 million tonnes. The figures were cited by Russian Natural Resources and Ecology Minister Sergei Donskoi. There are 44 hydrocarbon deposits in the peninsula's territory, including ten oil, 27 gas and seven gas condensate fields. In addition, there are five gas fields and three gas condensate fields on the shelf of the Black Sea, and six gas deposits in the Sea of Azov.
Crimea is illegally occupied by Russia
According to a user on DP with a nick Fallenangel "the estimated Crimean offshore gas resources are at $1 billion...", see how easy it is.
Sometimes I think that you really have absolute no relation to Russia or Ukraine whatsoever, as your knowledge of these countries history, interests, and motivation is simply nonexistent.
He could always counter OPEC's dumping of their product by proxy.
Have Iran start escalating things to the point where they block off the Straights of Hormuz or bait Israel into a attack on Iran's Nuclear sites. Oil prices would shoot through the roof.
" If no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else ? "
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.