The Chinese media outlet Sohu touted Russia as “one of the three strongest world powers”, referring to the country’s “terrifying military power and vast territory” and added that “no one can ignore it”.
Despite being one of the most powerful countries in the world, Russia has at least four weak points: demographics, economy, geographical location and its complicated international situation, according to the Chinese internet portal Sohu.
“First and foremost, it is population size-related problems that have always mattered in Russia,” Soho noted.
The news outlet specifically referred to World War II, which left a disproportionately high number of males dead in the then-USSR, as well as the consequences of the Soviet Union’s disintegration in 1991.
“Russia has an area of 17.07 million square kilometres, while the country’s population stands at about 140 million people, which is out of line with status of a world power,” Soho asserts.
According to Soho, another of Russia’s weak spots is its inability to manage a multi-cultural population. The country is paying the price for this, because the differences between people of different ethnic groups, as well as religious differences, “pose a hidden threat to internal stability”.
Adding to Russia’s weak points are the legacy of the Soviet economy and the country’s poor geographical location, Soho claims, adding, “now that economic development…