Russian president Vladimir Putin, dealing with sanctions that are economic signs in a legislation that will create a ‘gambling zone’ in annexed Crimea. But could his timing be any worse?
The old story about Roman emperor Nero fiddling while his city burned to the floor features a mythic quality that could be used to Vladimir Putin today. Dealing with an international scandal after Russia’s seeming involvement in shooting a Malaysia Air passenger jet out of the sky, the Russian president has chosen now to ok a new gambling zone in Crimea; a small region simply to the south of Ukraine, where the horrific incident took spot the other day.
Of course, unlike Nero, Putin continues to be firmly in control of all things Russian, and has borne the brunt of surprisingly little outrage that is international the incident that was allegedly carried out under his military’s auspices.
Putin signed into effect a legislation this week which will transform the territory that is annexed of into a gambling zone for Russian holidaymakers. Into the light of recent events in Eastern Ukraine, Putin, faced with all the prospect of increased US/EU sanctions, could quite possibly have selected a more apposite moment to make this specific announcement, but he’s nothing if not bull-headed, and it’s really clear he is determined in order to make the area economically self-sufficient.
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