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One story that has given rise to much debate is Despite the politicking, Russia couldn't handle Qimonda.
Kicker24 took exception to the analysis and wrote in reponse: "As you probably know "those (bad) russians" rejected the offer to invest or buy Qimonda immediately after they received it. So they are not that stupid as you may think about them." With regard to Altis, a joint venture between IBM and Infineon, with a manufacturing base in Corbeil-Essonne, France, Kicker24 said Russia has declined to buy Altis and had left Infineon and IBM to wallow in their debts.
StefanSchubert speak out in favor of Russian engineers and said "It is worthwhile to give Qimonda a chance with Putin's money, if he wants. He likes Dresden, he spent some years here and he comes here every now and then. Bottom line it is about jobs."
Wieslaw seemed to be more in agreement with the analysis and straddled the arguments by saying: "Russian engineers are good, no doubt, Russian electronic industry is bad."
Meanwhile Ewelec said that while Russian investment in Qimonda would be good for east-west relations it may not happen because Russia is also hurting under the global economic crisis and is not as flush as it was. "We have seen that cash has been taken back from the Rusnano Corporation, which is supposed to back up some of the microelectronics development plans, and it would be really bad if the investments allocated for the Russian projects would be used for the Qimonda support plan as this may stop the technology development in the country."
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