http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/25/AR2006022501399.html Let's look at priceless http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/rankorder/2004rank.html GDP per capita Canada $32,800 Netherlands $30,500 Russia $10,700 Taking into accont population Canada 32.805 mln. Netherlands 16.407 mln. Russia 143.402 mln. we have GDPs Canada 1076 bln. Netherlands 500 bln. Russia 1534 bln. So respected Washington Post apparently underestimates strength of Russian economy. By the way Russia is not the weakest (from economical point of view) member of G8. Edited to add info for the UK GDP per capita $30900 Population 60.444 mln. So GDP=1868bln. More than Russian GDP but the difference is not huge.