How to Know When Russia is Angry with You

Sometimes it can be tough to read the signs coming out of Moscow which indicate that they are really, really angry with you. Some might argue that you know there’s no love lost when they cut off your gas, stop oil shipments, steal your companies, or even raid your innocent cultural center or eject you from the country. But I disagree. I think that for the most despised opponents, they reserve the artful diplomacy of refusing to import your mineral water, wine, or meat based on “sanitary reasons” – which is to say, we won’t consume anything you’ve put your filthy hands on… Case in point, a headline from the Wall Street Journal: “Russia Plans To Cut Imports Of U.S. Meat” Yes, that move should really help Russian citizens in the midst of a food prices crisis….