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The laundry list could go on and on. And on and on. And on and on. On the Orient Express, no less.
All the way to Khabarovsk, that is, located in essentially the easternmost area of Russia. All the way at the Chinese border. All the way over there.
Over there, to wit, where another enormous market lives. One that, like Russia, has its own quibbles with the EU. One that, like Russia, is keeping close tabs.
So as Romanophone Moldovans carrying Romanian passports flock to Europe to study at different universities and frequent different techno clubs, and as Moldova feels increasingly ‘annexed’ while Russophone Moldovans feel increasingly left out, might not Russia begin to see this, too, like the Eastern Partnership Initiative, as ‘anti-Russian’? Might not Russia wield its might by once more stemming, or at least threatening to stem, its pipes?
Maybe not in so many words, but developments along such lines might have China looking over and glimpsing all kinds of oily happy endings on the horizon.
And if you don’t find that amusing, perhaps this Gazprom propaganda film will be good for a laugh. Particularly at 00:45, when the singer himself laughs. Or at 1:09–1:14, when the oil company reminds us that sometimes huge, beautiful fires blaze in the middle of endlessly snowy, wooded plains. Or at 2:35, when the Gazprom dramatic ending kicks in with ‘regulatory’ raised hands, followed by many scenes of scheming old men and awkward handshakes before transitioning into yet another blazing fire that merges into a Tarkovsky-worthy setting, or perhaps rising, sun.
And if all that still leaves you bored, how about a summer program in Chisinau?