Russian president Vladimir Putin, facing sanctions that are economic signs in a legislation which will create a ‚gambling area’ in annexed Crimea. But could his timing be any worse?
The old story about Roman emperor Nero fiddling while his city burned to the ground has a mythic quality that could be used to Vladimir Putin these days. Facing 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 okay a new gambling zone in Crimea; a small region just to the south of Ukraine, where in fact the horrific incident took spot last week.
Of course, unlike Nero, Putin stays firmly in control of all things Russian, and it has borne the brunt of surprisingly little international outrage over the incident that was allegedly carried out under their military’s auspices.
Putin signed into effect a legislation this week which will transform the annexed territory of Crimea into a gambling zone for Russian holidaymakers. In the light of recent events in Eastern Ukraine, Putin, faced with the prospect of increased US/EU sanctions, could very well have opted for a more apposite moment to make this particular announcement, but he’s nothing if not bull-headed, and it is clear he is determined to help make the area economically self-sufficient.
Russia took over the mainly Russian-speaking territory from the Ukraine in March, carrying out a referendu Czytaj więcej about As Rome Burns, Putin OKs Crimea Gambling Zone …