Obama’s claims on Russia and facts

U.S. President Barack Obama's claims in Aug.2 interview with Economist:

  1. “Russia doesn’t make anything.
  2. Immigrants aren’t rushing to Moscow in search of opportunity.
  3. The life expectancy of the Russian male is around 60 years old.
  4. The population is shrinking. "(The Economist, 08.02.14).
Facts:
1.     The only way U.S. astronauts get to and from the International Space Station is ask the Russian space agency to give them a ride in Russian-made Soyuz-TMA crew craft. Russian engines power U.S. rockets that the American government relies upon to launch military cargos into orbit. The world’s largest nuclear icebreaker in the world is now being built in Russia along with world’s biggest gamma telescope.
2.     Moscow is now home to over 2 million immigrants. Since 2004 the number of immigrants into Russia has grown every year.  Russia is second only to US in the number of immigrants living in it.
3.     The average male life expectancy in Russia was over 63 as of 2013.
4.     Russia’s population has been growing since 2010.

I'd also note that his earlier claim that Russia is a regional power doesn't square with the fact that Putin and Lavrov essentially saved him from putting up air strikes in Syria for a vote in Congress, which he was destined to lose, by seizing on Kerry's remarks and offering to rid Assad regime of CWs, which Moscow actually then helped to accomplish (at least the declared weapons are gone).

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