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The full quote is "could not pay me enough to invest in Russia as she is situated today". For what it's worth at no time would I have invested in Russia. Now, a decade ago, 50 years ago or 100 years ago.

It's not about meanness towards Russia. It's about understanding how things function, or don't function, in Russia and actively choosing not to be a part of it. Russia has vast resources both materially and in it's people. I would very much like to invest in Russia but not the Russia that exists today.

I'm not a fan of the "foreign investment will help change Russia for the better" theory. As we've seen so many times this past decade, change comes from within and can not be forced by outsiders.

I can go on about the insanity that is Russia but the article does a good job at that. The bottom line is that profits are not so hard to find that one should be looking towards Russia to find them. Not only is the risk far too great but voluntarily supporting the state of things in Russia is too high a price for me to pay.

See "Drug dealers shouldn't make iPhone apps" from yesterday, http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1408445.

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