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Receiving stolen goods

The US has warned drought-stricken African nations that Russia is attempting to sell them stolen grain, presenting them with a choice between feeding their population or endorsing war crimes in Ukraine.

Officials in Washington last month alerted 14 mostly African countries that Russian cargo vessels were leaving ports filled with looted Ukraine food.

Don’t think the buyers are going to worry very much. Do you?

After all, theft washed through government happens all the time – tax anyone?

21 thoughts on “Receiving stolen goods”

  1. Ah.. So those poor africans** are better off starving with a Clean Conscience?
    How very….. Christian…

    **assuming the illusion any food will arive where it’s actually needed…

  2. The Ukrainians could be exporting out of Odessa if they hadn’t mined the port and sunk a couple of ships across the sea lanes at the beginning of the special operation….
    Whose clever idea was that? The actor and his production company stalwarts currently the political face of Ukraine or their special advisors from Natostan?

  3. Meanwhile millions of acres of USA are converted from food production to bio diesel production because of the climate emergency.

  4. As the price pressures build in the UK (and despite what Murphy and Blanchflower think they will) I think those that are not braindead will increase the pressure on this idiotic administration to get a ceasefire agreement. However, it may be that the likes of Biden and other ecoloons are actually engineering this to increase dependency/ destitution. Starving people have a harder time resisting.

  5. The Ukrainians could be exporting out of Odessa if they hadn’t mined the port and sunk a couple of ships across the sea lanes at the beginning of the special operation…

    Bastards, eh? Just mining their waters and sinking ships for no particular reason other than a bit of special operationiness.

    Something’s a bit special, that’s for sure.

  6. Ljh – it’s not so much mining the ports, it’s their ongoing refusal to allow demining unless it’s accompanied by a NATO task force. Ukraine is desperately short of bargaining chips, so they’re not going to let this one go cheaply, and may not be allowed to by the US government.

    Officials in Washington last month alerted 14 mostly African countries that Russian cargo vessels were leaving ports filled with looted Ukraine food.

    Maybe stealing hundreds of billions worth of assets from the Russian government and random people who happen to hold a Russian passport was a bad move, given we’re now concerned about property rights.

    In London, Estonia’s prime minister said Western leaders should stop trying to help Mr Putin save face with “premature” ceasefire calls.

    Being “allies” with Eastern European countries is becoming a worse deal every day. What do we get out of the relationship? It’s like befriending some spacker kid who always wants you to fight his bullies. Can we just import their finest Tatianas instead?

  7. If the Africans get the food, chances are it will be resold by whatever warlord happens to control the ports anyway.

  8. True enough M. Though I’ll let you guess as to whether I’d rather buy stolen goods or starve like a good little boy to maintain the sanctions on Puke.

  9. What exactly is being said here? No crops will have been harvested from the 2021/22 growing season, that harvest won’t take place until July/August/Sept. So anything the Russians are selling now can’t be Ukrainian, unless they have captured grain stocks from the 2020/21 season. Which can’t be in much of a state to sell to anyone given there’s a war going on around it.

  10. . . . it’s not so much mining the ports, it’s their ongoing refusal to allow demining unless it’s accompanied by a NATO task force.

    It’s almost as if they’re being invaded by someone with an intent to seize their coastline.

  11. I do not share the idea that all tax is theft. I do, however, view all retrospective taxation as theft.

  12. PJF – Yarp. And they probably will take the coastline, it’s a logical target for Russia and they need tangibles to convince the public back home the war wasn’t a horrible shitty disaster. A Russia from Transnistra to Vladivostok could be presented as Glorious Victory For Make Benefit Against Fascism.

    Jim – the story is, the Chechens have been nicking from the grain silos, trucking it to Crimea (?) and then selling it to the Arabs and Africans.

    The story could potentially be bollocks, but it sounds true. The threat to this year’s/next year’s harvest is that many Ukie farmers may not bother or be unable to do reaping and replanting if they have no plausible means of selling their crop. Russian theft, difficulties shipping out of Ukranian ports, diesel shortages, labour shortages, fertiliser scarcity and the ongoing unpleasantness of war are making the whole agricultural sector look dicey.

    In brightside news, we may have finally found the cure for obesity.

  13. Anti-CCP activists have warned the U.S. that China is attempting to sell them Nike sneakers made from child labor and Uyghur slavery, presenting them with a choice between affordable athletic apparel or ending mass genocide. How did that work out?

  14. Steve, to be fair to the Estonians they are “up for it” and were always getting stuck in in Afghanista with what tiny but good quality resources that they could muster.

  15. Could certain redistributive events in hugely fertile SA and Zimbabwe over the past few decades have had anything to do with this reliance on Ukrainian grain imports.

    More to the point did anyone in the west lift a finger to do anything while it was all taking place in plain sight?

  16. @ John
    Yes, someone did: Harold Wilson (although you may say that was before “it” was taking place, IMHO his actions were part of “it”, rather than just a cause of “it”).
    The US Congress, respomding to the lobbyists from their tobacco industry, endorsed a boycott of Rhodesian chrome: handing the market to the exports from the horrendously polluting Albanian chrome industry under Hoxha, the guy who found the Kremlin too moderate for his taste (and shot dead his own Prime Minister in a cabinet meeting).

  17. John77. I’ve naturally always thought that the UK should have recognised Rhodesia’s independence when it was dumping all its other colonies, and left the blacks and whites alone to fight it out. Instead of pretending they still had some sort of responsibility for it.

    This is why I’ve always admired the way Spain dealt with the Spanish Sahara. They realised that, without Franco as dictator, they couldn’t possibly hold the place, so they were prepared to let the locals have it. But when Morocco and Mauritania invaded they said ‘Right, it’s yours’ and pissed off.

    Of course the UN insisted on pretending for years that the place was still legally Spanish, though I haven’t noticed this lately. Maybe the Spaniards decided to try and exercise their supposed authority, instead of doing what the UN told them.

  18. But we Africans love Putin. Until he showed us how, we were doing kleptocracy entirely wrong.

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