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Vectors Russia (RSX), has had a tremendous run of as late. In 2009 alone, the fund gained a
whopping 139 percent. But because of a 74 percent loss during 2008's downturn, the fund has lost an
annualized 3 percent over the past three years. Over the past year, the ETF has returned about 21
percent. It's been a wild ride for investors in Russia-focused funds, but experts say with higher
commodity prices on the horizon, the outlook is fairly positive for Russian stocks. "A lot of
people ignore Russia to their peril," says Christian Magoon, CEO of asset management consultant
firm Magoon Capital. 6|Page Russian Oil DA BDL
Russian Oil Disadvantage 1NC D. Impact – Russian economic decline causes war
Sheldon Figer, author and blogger for the Huffington Post, 2009
(“Russian Economy Faces Disastrous Free Fall Contraction”
In Russia historically, economic health and political stability are intertwined to a degree that is
rarely encountered in other major industrialized economies. It was the economic stagnation of the
former Soviet Union that led to its political downfall. Similarly, Medvedev and Putin, both intimately
acquainted with their nation’s history, are unquestionably alarmed at the prospect that Russia’s
economic crisis will endanger the nation’s political stability, achieved at great cost after years of
chaos following the demise of the Soviet Union. Already, strikes and protests are occurring among
rank and file workers facing unemployment or non-payment of their salaries. Recent polling
demonstrates that the once supreme popularity ratings of Putin and Medvedev are eroding rapidly.
Beyond the political elites are the financial oligarchs, who have been forced to deleverage, even
unloading their yachts and executive jets in a desperate attempt to raise cash. Should the Russian
economy deteriorate to the point where economic collapse is not out of the question, the impact
will go far beyond the obvious accelerant such an outcome would be for the Global Economic
Crisis. There is a geopolitical dimension that is even more relevant then the economic context.
Despite its economic vulnerabilities and perceived decline from superpower status , Russia remains
one of only two nations on earth with a nuclear arsenal of sufficient scope and capability to
destroy the world as we know it. For that reason, it is not only President Medvedev and Prime
Minister Putin who will be lying awake at nights over the prospect that a national economic crisis
can transform itself into a virulent and destabilizing social and political upheaval. It just may be
possible that U.S. President Barack Obama’s national security team has already briefed him about
the consequences of a major economic meltdown in Russia for the peace of the world. After all, the
most recent national intelligence estimates put out by the U.S. intelligence community have already
concluded that the Global Economic Crisis represents the greatest national security threat to the
United States, due to its facilitating political instability in the world. During the years Boris Yeltsin
ruled Russia, security forces responsible for guarding the nation’s nuclear arsenal went without
pay for months at a time, leading to fears that desperate personnel would illicitly sell nuclear
weapons to terrorist organization...
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