Russian president Vladimir Putin, facing sanctions that are economic signs in a legislation that may 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 floor possesses mythic quality that could be applied to Vladimir Putin today. Dealing with a worldwide 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 area in Crimea; a small region simply to the south of Ukraine, where the horrific incident took destination week that is last.
Of course, unlike Nero, Putin stays firmly in control of all things Russian, and it has borne the brunt of surprisingly little outrage that is international the incident that has been allegedly carried out under his army’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. In the light of recent events in Eastern Ukraine, Putin, faced with the prospect of increased US/EU sanctions, could perhaps have chosen 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 overran the mainly Russian-speaking territory from the Ukraine in March, adhering to a referen