From #1 SWP daughter: Young Vladimir Putin Looks Totally Like Tom Riddle (a/k/a Voldemort):
Speaking of Putin. He is reaching new levels of chutzpah in his campaign.
A couple of examples. First, Russia to Be a Top Country for Business in 10 Years:
“We need to outline a quite clear goal – to become one of the world’s leading countries with the best conditions for entrepreneurial activity within ten years,” Putin said at a congress of Business Russia, a national association of businesses.
“This is a very difficult task, because it is rather hard to eradicate and wipe out corruption, which, unfortunately, is part of the culture, or its absence,” the premier said.
Vladimir Putin, anti-corruption campaigner. Mind boggling.
Second, another related piece: “Business must return from off-shore ‘shadows‘”. This story included this bit:
“There should be absolute clarity concerning the structure of ownership, with real shareholders and beneficiaries,” said Putin.
“This is a key indicator of how civilised the business climate is, the maturity of the economy and the level of responsibility of the business community,” he added, saying his comments did not only refer to the energy sector.
Hey. Speaking of the energy sector and clarity regarding “real shareholders and beneficiaries”, how about shining some light on Gunvor! I’m sure that would be quite interesting.
And for an extended treatment as to why Putin lecturing about corruption as anything but a practitioner, see the new Milov, Nemtsov, Ryzhkov, and Shorina paper. (Five, four, three . . . )