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Putin's Middle Finger to the West

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Putin's Middle Finger to the West

This is the gesture Vladimir Putin intended to make during a speech organized by the All-Russia People's Front (ONF) on Thursday.

As the G7 capped the price of Russian oil at $60 per barrel following the invasion of Ukraine, and the European Union imposed massive sanctions against Russia to hinder the funding of the war, the Russian state's head confirms that the country's economy remains prosperous, over a year into the conflict.

Putin declares with omnipotence, "Western countries predicted a recession, a failure, and a collapse (...) I would like to make a well-known gesture to them, but I will not, as there are many young women present" (referring to flipping the middle finger).

Shortly before this remark, the Russian president had already emphasized that Moscow was experiencing growth, while the West was witnessing decline. If his arrogance bothers you, it must be acknowledged that the Russian economy has indeed been resilient against the restrictions imposed by Europe: "the Russian economy has grown by 1% since the beginning of the war. Moscow continues to earn billions from oil and diamond exports," reports 7sur7.

However, in the long run, the Russian economy could indeed collapse due to the numerous military expenditures and the ongoing war.

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