Monday, July 9, 2012

Why Russia Should Be Central To Your Economic Survival Plan

Why Russia Should Be Central To Your Economic Survival Plan
With America's 30% youth unemployment plan shadowed by even worse numbers out of Europe, some as bad as 50%, with sputtering economies and open collapses, with a blighted future in the quickly disolving economies of the West, one may be excused for missing Russia. However, one should not be congratulated for one's ignorance, just excused, the way one excuses a child of ignorance, but than expects the child to learn.
So, to all those engineers, technicians, process improvement specialists, programmers, MBAs, scientists and other highly qualified and lowly paid, if paid at all, under employed, if employed at all, professionals in the US, UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Iceland, Italy, Hungary, Greece, are the lot of you really that blind, pacified and brow beaten? To all those Western Christians, under relentless attack by the Liberal anti-Christian sociopaths in power, by Islamic extremists, are you really so resigned to your own extermination? To all those farmers, whose land is lost to government decree, whose lives are regulated to no end by mindless bureaucrats so you never even see your fields, are you really so set to be landless and hopeless? Are you?
If your answer is "NO".
Well you than should have woken up a long time ago and looked at Russia. Not the Russia of the Western media propaganda, which is afraid of its serfs waking up and leaving, but of the real Russia.
Lets take the first group, professionals.
Did you know Russia is booming? No? You should. Russian heavy industry, flush with internal and external orders, is backed up from 12-18 months, working 3 shifts 7 days a week. Stop and think about that. Metallurgists, industrial engineers, mechnical engineers, electrical engineers are in extremely short supply. Russia IT is huge, growing faster than anywhere else, with hundreds of millions in US and British venture capital flooding in in the past 2 years alone, along side with native Russian capital. Every major IT corporation is here. Microsoft, Intel, Sony, Samsung, Electronic Arts, Google, NVideo and hundreds of others, big and small, as well as the dozens on dozens of native companies. Anything dealing with IT is in critically short supply. Infrastructural investment, both grand government projects, big business construction and private homes and villas is skyrocketing. Civil engineers, architects, builders are in critically short supply. Business is growing, expanding and modernizing, with critical, well trained, leadership in very very short supply.
Salaries for such positions are skyrocketing, up 14% for the first half of 2012 alone, competition is fierce. Consumer consumption, already high, rose 43% in the first half of 2012. Yes, language knowledge is critical but not absolutely mandatory, at least not when you are starting and as an indo-european language, its not an insurmountable task to learn Russian. As for immigrating, well even that is now easy for professionals. Russia, 2 years ago, implimented a Highly Trained Specialist visa, a 3 year work visa that requires: 1. a minimum yearly salary of 1,920,000R or $60,000 per year and 2. medical insurance and 3. a technical or leadership role. That is it, for the most part. Once you find an openning, and they are not hard to find, land the job, the company gathers your paperwork (college degrees, birth certificates, visa submition forms) and submits the packet, the government has exactly 14 business days to turn around an answer, one that is almost always YES. After issuing the invitation, it takes one week to get the invitation  to the local consulate or embassy and another week to translate it into a visa and place it in your passport. That's it, a turn around of 5 weeks. You than come to Russia, get a labour card, get your INN (individual tax ID number), get registered (through your company) and begin working. Reregistration has to be done every 3 months or when you leave and return into the country and can be done by your company/sponsor.
After one year of work, you can file for residency. True, this is a cumbersome process and require a lot of patience. It takes about 3 months and a few gray hairs, but once complete, the residency issues you an internal passport, just like anyone else, allowing you to move and change jobs and come and go out of the country. Five years of living in Russia, starting from the issue of the visas and you can gain citizenship. There are exceptions to this. Right off, if you were born in Russia or finish university in Russia, than your length of time to citizenship is 2 years. Also, if you buy land/apartment/real estate and were born in the former Soviet Union, you can also sue the government to grant you real estate. You may even be able to do it if you were born outside of the Soviet Union, the laws are somewhat flexible on this.
As for taxes, unless you're unlucky enough to be an American, you pay only the 13% flat tax on income and your employer files your taxes. If you are an American, every dollar over $92k (to include the dollar value of any office cars, drivers, apartment, etc) you also get the "privilege" of feeding the massive American government with an additional 35%+ on those dollars above $92k. If you are a businessman, with less than 100 employees, that is an entrapreuner, the government of Russia has another nice gift for you. To encourage you to grow, your income tax rate is 5.4%! Once you have residency, you can form your own companies without local "partners" or joint ventures.
But, what is the unemployment rate and would anyone hire me? Well, nation wide, the unemployment rate is hovering at 6%. For technical specialists its less than 4%. In Moscow and the surrounding areas, its 1%! I have had an opening to replace a fired manager, open for 4 months now. Pay is competitive, English language is a must. I have had 5 resumes, in 4 months. Yes, it is that insane.
Is it safe? Well, compared to last year's murder rates on the metro system of Moscow and that of London (London's system is less than half the size of Moscow's), Moscow has 11 murders, London, with half the population, 33. NYC and other such locations are even higher.
What about land?

A new set of land laws, actually a full overhaul of the system of laws, has passed the first full reading of Parliament (yup, unlike Americans, our parliament actually has to read every word of the bill, TWICE, before the quorum of Parliament and not on the same no blind voting for 10,000 page super bills) and is expected to pass the second with no issue. This drops the 47 year rent from the government and sets land ownership into perpetuity and as an inheritable asset, as well as the rights to utilize it as wanted and to the mineral rights below it. Further there is no land tax for private land ownership.

The British, since 2003 have led the way in immigrating to Russia to farm. British farms are chuck full of bureaucracy and control and tiny parcels, while in Russia, they have been able to work their farms without nearly the same level of government interference and in comparison to a 250 hectare British farm, there are average farms of 3,000 hectares.

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As Russia has jump started a mass drive to become a major exporter of prime beef, cowboys from the US midwest have also starting immigrating over, along with tens of thousands of heads of cattle, many of which would have perished in last year's and this years droughts.

As a country, Russia is rather more conservative, through no lack of counter effort by the Western liberals, gays and other subversive efforts. The country is primarily Orthodox Christian, with a 1,000 year tradition of Christianity. No, we are not looking to convert to one of the tens of thousands of US protestant denominations, sects or cults. What we do offer, is our own rich and humble faith, grown directly out of the very words and actions of the Apostles who under the guidance of Christ created the Orthodox Church. We offer a sanctuary from gay marriages, gay history months, orgy in the class rooms, no discipline do what you want environment of the modern US/UK.

For many reasons, all these groups should be viewing Russia. Of course, they should not be heading here to simply separate themselves from society but to integrate and lend themselves and their skills to building something bigger and better than what they left.



Mattexian said...

Nice to see that even Russians can take a page from their own history, and follow the lead of Catherine the Great in inviting industrious foreigners to emigrate to your land.

Rob said...

Of course, there is the whole issue of learning Russian. I've heard it is a difficult language to pick up for English speakers. But why would you want Americans to emigrate, anyway? They'll just bring their Liberal ideas with them.

Stanislav said...


Its not some fondness for Americans, its a fondness for bright productive people who will assimilate and help create a greater Russia. All those living off of the American welfare, please stay there. All those without key skills, equally, please stay there. We have enough of our own and 1 is more than enough.

racketmensch said...

Either country should be able to spark an economic miracle by freeing it's people to earn and keep as much as possible. I think Russia is poised to move away from Authoritarian enforced poverty (of body and soul) and America is jumping in to it. If "America" can't be fixed, Americans need to develop the skills of surviving in a closed economic and political stasis, resting on the strength of force. We're about one hurricane away from it now, IMHO.