Okay, this was a misleading thread title. Personally, it is my firm belief that the cold war was still going high and strong after the death of USSR. It's just that US got the upper hand and continued to push, trying to drive Russia into oblivion by any means while strengthening its own position. Business as usual, you may say, and what was going on in my country was just the latest addition to that business.
I don't know if any of you do that, but lately I check the currency site of my country every day. Obviously, many people in here do that now, comparing hrivna to dollar, because that value is actively shifting. But here's the interesting thing. We had out currency at the lowest at February 28th, which was, in case you are one of those who gives no fucks about my country, right after a large amount of people was killed in what was orchestrated to be the peak of the protests. However, after a few days, there was a sudden rise - that's when Russia was pressured, and Ukrainian position was presented to be firm. And if you would care to look - right now, with parts of the country being left for grabs and us facing financial threats from both Russia ans EU sides... well, we are being fucked as I write this. Right now we already fell lower than we had on the 28th. And it happened in a more gradual way, which means that we won't have a quick recovery from that. If we would ever.
This has very little to do with the actual theme of this thread. However, it was my intention to stress a very simple point - we are at the stage when wars are being waged not only on battlefields of even on television news, but on the stock market. Remember the opium wars? What British did there is they went to war because they didn't get the trade they wanted. These days? These days if you go to war, you can lose the trade you got.
You know how Russia is big producer of energy? Which they sell to the rest of the world? I didn't find any good article on those events, but you can google this. When Russia was pressured in UN summit, the stocks of Russian energy companies hit the bottom. What do people do in those occasions? They obviously sell their stocks. And that means that someone buys those. And here's the thing - Russia bought those. Effectively, while public opinion raged on, they made it so they are the ones receiving their own gas profits. Not US, not EU, just them. It is said, Russia made 20 billion in three days and gave the west a giant middle finger.
But that's not all, and here I will give you the link to the article.
What this effectively means is that Russia right now can respond to western threats by, pretty much, taking the US dollar out of the energy trade market. Now, I have no fucking idea if that is truly possible like that, or how long would it take, or how much the world economy would get fucked in the process. Hell, I guess I could make a call and ask a good stock market specialist after I finish writing this thread. But the point is this - the events in my goddamn country presented the world with a new battlefield. Where Russia has at least even chances to win.
Oh, and I say battlefield, because if things will go like that - it will be a war. World War 3. Not nuclear, mind you. We are way past the nuclear age and into the information age. This will be an economical war. And if you think that war where they kill people is harsh, you've never been in serious business relationships.
Me? I am fucking laughing. And also thinking about maybe moving back to Russia in my future years.
Oh, and here's the video from the article too.