Much of what is shown on television in Russia is carefully controlled by the state… but not everything.
An RBK presenter could barely conceal her astonishment on Wednesday when a guest economist appeared to go completely off-script – and literally toasted the death of the Russian stock market.
Expert Aleksandr Butmanov was invited to a live segment on the popular business news channel, presumably with the unenviable task of painting a silver lining on the crippling sanctions Russia is burdened with in response to its invasion of the Ukraine.
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He did not do it.
“Today with us in the studio is Aleksandr Butmanov, founder of the investment club ‘Allies’, a stock market expert,” introduced host Elina Tikhonova, according to a translation from Visegrad. “Aleksandr, hello.”
“Hello,” replied Butmanov with a stoic face. “I won’t say ‘have a nice day’.”
“Yeah, nobody says that anymore,” Tikhonova agreed, before asking if the stock market was becoming obsolete, and if he even intended to stay in the industry.
“Worst case scenario I’ll be working as Santa Claus like 25 years ago,” he replied.
Russian stock market expert Aleksandr Butmanov was invited by Russian television to talk about the Russian stock market after the sanctions.
It didn’t go as planned.
He said it was doomed and he will have to work as Santa again
“Well, it’s only once a year… Tikhonova professionally rolled with the gag – but Butmanov wasn’t kidding.
“Jokes aside, let me do this quickly: I send my regards to Serget Usichenko who 12, 13 years ago drank to the death of the stock market,” he said, taking out a bottle , in wide-eyed stunned silence. of the speechless host.
“Today I’m drinking a soda. Dear fellow – you were close to us, interesting to us. Rest in peace, dear fellow.” And he took a sip.
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Recovering from her stupefaction, Tikhonova hastily ended the short-lived segment, saying “she would not comment on this flash mob in any way,” according to the Russian news aggregator. TJournal.
In the seven days since Russian President Vladimir Putin began his almost universally condemned invasion of his neighbor, the value of the ruble has fallen as the country is hammered by increasingly stifling economic sanctions.
Russian banks have been cut off from the SWIFT system, preventing them from doing business outside the country; Foreign assets belonging to the oligarchs have been frozen and Germany has halted its $11 billion Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.
Several global companies have either pulled out of the country or stopped exporting there, including energy giants, BP and Shell, Exxon; transportation manufacturers like Ford, General Motors, Volkswagen, Boeing and Airbus; and retail behemoths like IKEA and H&M.
Disney, WarnerMedia, YouTube, Netflix, Spotify and DirecTV have stopped distributing content there, and Facebook and Twitter have pledged to block public media content. Mastercard and Visa also blocked financial institutions.
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