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At least former US Marine Robert Gilman was honest enough to move to his beloved Russia, unlike many westerners who support Putin-Russia, but are too lazy or hypocritical to vote with their feet. Why doesn’t Tucker Carlson move on over to Russian TV? Russia is comparatively underpopulated, and appears a great place, if you love Putin. Yes, the “West” abuses its citizens, but not to the extent that Russia, the “Eastern Empire”, has always done. Of course, those of military age may live (and die) to regret it. And, those who like indoor plumbing and heat may regret, as well – especially considering the climate of much of Russia. What good to have national enterprises, if it’s not to better the living conditions of the population? Instead of improving the lives of Russians, Putin’s destroying the home of his neighbor. Russia doesn’t need anymore useless drunks like Gilman, either. The US Marines seem to have a serious problem, too, if this guy and Scott Ritter are any reflection.

Gilman can join Russia’s “Wagner Group” and get out of jail:
Gilman, who went to Russia to study and obtain citizenship, told the court in Voronezh that he did not remember the incident but “apologized to Russia” and to the police officer.”

Indoor Plumbing Still a Pipe Dream for 20% of Russian Households, Reports Say” April 2, 2019 “In rural Russia, almost two-thirds have no access to indoor toilets, 48.1 percent of whom use outhouses and 18.4 percent do not have a sewage system. Only 9 percent of Russia’s urban population reported lack of access to a sewage system.” https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/02/indoor-plumbing-still-a-pipe-dream-for-20-of-russian-households-reports-say-a65049

One-fifth of Russian city apartments have no hot water, one-tenth no plumbing or heating” 14 February, RT News: https://web.archive.org/web/20130216074158/https://www.rt.com/news/russia-city-utilities-hot-water-indoor-plumbing-251/

The United States has doubled its population, almost entirely through immigration, since the 1950s – making its plumbing achievements more impressive. Russia has almost twice the land area, but less than half the population of the United States: “The United States has achieved remarkable success in improving access to modern water and sanitation services for its citizens in the past five decades. Today only 0.64 percent of U.S. households lack complete plumbing facilities. This is a monumental leap from 1950, when more than one-fourth of the nation, and more than half of all rural residents, lacked those facilities”. http://opportunitylinkmt.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Still-Living-Without-the-Basics-Water.pdf

Apart from journalists, anyone who visits a rogue regime and gets in trouble, should be left to rot. There’s no excuse for such ignorance in the internet age. This is all the more true for someone who has expressed intent to become a citizen of the foreign country.

Former U.S. Marine Sentenced To 4 1/2 Years In Prison For Attacking Russian Police Officer October 04, 2022 https://www.rferl.org

A court in the western Russian city of Voronezh has sentenced a former U.S. Marine to 4 1/2 years in prison for attacking a police officer while drunk, Russian news agencies reported.

The American, named by TASS as Robert Gilman, 28, intends to file an appeal, his lawyer said, according to the agency.

 Police pulled Gilman off a train in Voronezh in January after complaints from fellow passengers about his behavior, according to the prosecution.



While in custody, Gilman was accused of kicking a police officer, leaving him with bruises.



“This man, who disagreed with lawful actions taken by the authorities, used violence against a police officer who was on duty, kicking him several times,” the Investigative Committee said in a statement.



Gilman, who went to Russia to study and obtain citizenship, told the court in Voronezh that he did not remember the incident but “apologized to Russia” and to the police officer.



Russia has sentenced several U.S. citizens to lengthy prison terms in recent years. American basketball star Brittney Griner was sentenced in August to nine years in prison after being found in possession of cannabis oil in vape cartridges.



Paul Whelan, another former U.S. Marine, is serving 16 years in prison on espionage charges that he denies.

 Russian officials have said they are in talks with Washington about possible prisoner exchanges.

Media reports say they could involve convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout, who is serving a 25-year sentence in the United States.

 In April, Russia and the United States swapped Trevor Reed for a Russian pilot convicted of drug smuggling. Reed, also a former U.S. Marine, was sentenced to nine years in prison after allegedly attacking police officers while drunk.
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Russia Population: 142 million compared to 332.8 million in the United States
https://www.census.gov/popclock/world/rs