The reputation of Rolls-Royce automobiles in Russia is seemingly an indication of underwhelming efficiency for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, judging by the phrases of its Russia-focussed vice chairman.
The UK-based automaker celebrated its best-ever 12 months on the Russian market, reporting final month that in 2020 it managed to beat the earlier 12 months’s report and delivered over 200 automobiles to Russian shoppers. Russia “has cemented its status of being the largest market for the brand on continental Europe,” it reported.
One posh automobile producer’s excellent news is one other think-tank official’s dangerous information. Andrew Weiss, vice chairman for research on the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP), remarked on Monday that the information meant that “we might be doing something wrong.”
Weiss “oversees research in Washington and Moscow on Russia and Eurasia” for the assume tank, having taken the job after working in a Russia-focused capability for the RAND Corporation, based on his bio on the CEIP web site. Previously he served as an adviser to Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The influential overseas coverage assume tank itself has over a century of historical past below its proverbial belt, although its Moscow department was ‘only’ opened in 1994.
The senior CEIP official didn’t clarify what precisely saddened him in the truth that Russia had an abundance of rich people who can afford forking out, for example, $370,000 for a brand-new Rolls-Royce Wraith. Presumably he meant that the said coverage of Western nations to punish Russian elites for backing its authorities has been a failure – at the very least when it comes to punishing their motor fleets.
The well-to-do in Russia appear to be going alongside the identical trajectory as their Western counterparts – turning into richer regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic – additional aggravating an already significant issue with financial inequality. But the Rolls-Royce backside line signifies that the Russian financial system is nowhere near to being in tatters on account of years of Western sanctions and different hardships.
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