That is the actual title of a Department of Commerce blog entry.
Chicago Today, Russia Tomorrow
You would think someone might have some common sense and pen a more banal title. After Obama’s “flexibility” comment on a hot mic, this just sounds bad.
The blog talks about Chicago’s exports. It then highlights a Russian company, BayRu, that is based in Illinois. In fact, it is the only business talked about in the blog entry. Almost half the entry talks about Russia and their entry into the WTO and the Obama administrations push to Congress to repeal the Jackson-Vanik Amendment and grant Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with Russia. This would make trade with Russia easier and more open.
BayRu is being highlighted because they were just awarded an Export Achievement Certificate. The commerce blog also has an unfortunate way of describing BayRu:
But what makes this company unique is that it’s headquartered right here…in Skokie, Illinois. BayRu has a unique business model of buying American consumer goods here, which are often tough to find in Russia, repackaging them, and then exporting those goods for delivery in Russia.
I think it is the “repackaging” term that sounds bad. Makes it sound like a pirating operation, but it is not. They are a portal to get American goods to Russia.