Colonel Dick Sklar (USA ret.) recently spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Colonial Capital about the state of affairs in Russia. Col. Sklar, post Army retirement, spent almost twenty years in Russia first as a founder of a business shool for Russian managers, then as Human Resources manager for Pepsi and finally as an independent business consultant for both Russian and multinational companies. He pointed out that their economy is weak because it is very dependent on natural resources such as oil and gas production and with the decline in oil prices, the economy has suffered. He also said that senior Russian leadership is disappointed with the breakup of the Soviet Union and feels somewhat threatened by the close proximity of NATO affiliated countries on their Western border. Pictured above are Club member Jerry Bates, Col. Sklar, and Club President Larry Shoberg.
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