10 rules for dealing with Russia (from 2019)

Very insightful list of 10 rules for dealing with Russia. Written in 2019. Looks very prescient. I recommend reading them because it’ll help you make sense of Putin’s/Russia’s behavior.



Very insightful list of 10 rules for dealing with Russia.


There is now an 11th rule for dealing with Russia.

“Crush the hell out of the Russian military and economy so that never again can they cause so much death and destruction without provocation on any peaceful country.”



“Very insightful list of 10 rules for dealing with Russia.”

Also useful for other countries when dealing with the US?

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That rule was tried at the end of WW1 with Germany. How did that work out?

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That rule was tried at the end of WW1 with Germany. How did that work out?


The allies (Russia, Britain and France) were lax by not limiting German rearmament, staggering economic retributions on Germany which were not fair, Austria lost Hungary and Czechoslovakia, Russia got into a revolution/civil war resulting in many new countries declaring and winning independence, and Poland became a country again.

Fascists rose to power in most of Europe as a result of WWI.

U.S. did not do much during/after WWI. Half the U.S. 117,000 deaths were due to influenza.


That list of 10 rules is pretty depressing. If I may over simplify, they basically say that Russia operates by its own set of rules. You might be able to understand them, but that understanding won’t help you deal with them because they aren’t rational. Russia has always treated their citizens badly, and always will. Ditto for other countries they deal with.

Basically those rules say you can’t deal with Russia. They’re going to do their own thing no matter what we try. The logical conclusion is that the West should just bomb Russia and its people off the map and start over.

Pretty depressing conclusion.



I guess “trust, but verify” no longer applies?


U.S. did not do much during/after WWI.

American Relief Administration
The ARA’s immediate predecessor was the important United States Food Administration, also headed by Hoover. He and some of his collaborators had already gained useful experience by running the Commission for Relief in Belgium which fed seven million Belgians and two million northern French during World War 1.

ARA was formed by United States Congress on February 24, 1919, with a budget of 100 million dollars ($1,563,000,000 in 2022). Its budget was boosted by private donations, which resulted in another 100 million dollars. In the immediate aftermath of the war, the ARA delivered more than four million tons of relief supplies to 23 war-torn European countries. Between 1919 and 1921, Arthur Cumming Ringland was chief of mission in Europe. ARA ended its operations outside Russia in 1922; it operated in Russia until 1923…

At its peak, the ARA employed 300 Americans, more than 120,000 Russians and fed 10.5 million people daily.