Winston Churchill once said that Russia “is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside and enigma”.
But not everyone is so baffled by the world’s biggest country.
In the first part of the study, they examined Russia by assessing historical social events in a global context using a lognormal, inflation-adjusted U.S. stock market index from 1859 to 1999. The reason the institute chose to use stock market data is because it “provides an objective measure of the relative optimism and pessimism of investors, so they serve as [their] primary indicator of social mood.” Because the Russian Trading System Index (RTSI) was only instituted in 1995, the Socionomic Institute uses the U.S. stock market data as a substitute.
Looking at the chart above, you can see that there were socio-political crises in Russia following drops in the U.S. stock market — meaning that stocks are a leading indicator of socio-political crises. Examples include the 1901-1902 peasant revolts and Stalin’s collectivization efforts and great purges.
The second part of this study uses the historical data from the first part in order to assess and predict current events. They charted data of the RTSI from its inception to 2007, and showed that between 1998 and 2007, the RTSI has seen a “sixty-fold increase”.
The Socionomic Institute subsequently suggests that the “Elliot wave count in the RTSI shows that a clear five-wave advance beginning in 1999 is near completion”. In other words, in 2007 the RTSI was on the precipice of its “biggest bear market” since 1999.
The report adds that “such a decline could produce financial and social events of a character comparable to those seen during comparable declines in the past. Viewed in the context of Russian history, this outlook has serious geostrategic implications”.
Additionally, Alan Hall of the Socionomics Institute writes that several months ago the main Ukrainian stock market index was “down nearly 75% over the past three years”. Today it is still “down around 60% of its 2011 high”.
Consequently, the institute suggests that the “Russia-Ukraine conflict makes sense in the context of their research” because this socio-political crisis is following major drops in the stock markets of both countries.
Lienhard foreshadows that “[they] see these developments in the Ukraine not as an outlier, but as a preview of larger trends ahead for Europe”.