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In an Op-Ed piece for the New York Times, the Russian politician ALEXEY A. NAVALNY states his ideas for the isolation  and hopefully return to reality of Russia’s territory- and influence-hungry leader President Putin.

He states that the so-called ‘sanctions’ imposed by both America and Europe amount to little more than a slap on the wrist, and Putin, along with his super-rich criminal friends, would not even notice the fly-swats of these financial and travel sanctions from a bunch who are too nervous to use anything which might disturb their cosy trade and financial links with this dictator-in-waiting. He writes: –

First, although Mr. Putin’s invasion has already prompted the European Union to impose sanctions on 21 officials, and the United States on seven, most of these government figures cannot be considered influential. They do not have major assets outside Russia and are irrelevant to Mr. Putin; sanctioning them will not change Russia’s policy. After all the tough talk from Western politicians, this action is mocked in Russia and even seen as a tacit encouragement to Mr. Putin and his entourage, who seem to possess some magical immunity.

Instead, Western nations could deliver a serious blow to the luxurious lifestyles enjoyed by the Kremlin’s cronies who shuttle between Russia and the West. This means freezing the oligarchs’ financial assets and seizing their property.

Such sanctions should primarily target Mr. Putin’s inner circle, the Kremlin mafia who pillage the nation’s wealth, including Gennady N. Timchenko, head of the Volga Group; Arkady and Boris Rotenberg, influential businessmen and former judo sparring partners of Mr. Putin; Yuri V. Kovalchuk, a financier believed to be Mr. Putin’s banker; Vladimir I. Yakunin, president of Russian Railways; the oligarchs Roman A. Abramovich and Alisher B. Usmanov; and Igor I. Sechin and Aleksei B. Miller, the heads of Rosneft and Gazprom, respectively.

The sanctions must also hit the oligarchs whose media outlets parrot the regime lines, and target Mr. Putin’s entire “war cabinet”: the TV spin doctors, compliant Duma members and apparatchiks of Mr. Putin’s United Russia Party.

Just imagine the ‘angst’ and fury of, for instance, Chelsea supporters if the thief who has bankrolled their precious club was barred from even getting into his plush directors box seating, because all Abramovitch’s financial assets were seized by the British financial authorities as part of the collective punishment dealt out to friends of ex-KGB agent President Putin. Just imagine if even one of his super-yachts was confiscated whilst anchored in the waters around Monte Carlo. The screams of anguish would resound around the world, as all the oligarchs, who have pranced around the worlds’ capitals, insulated from the plebs by a huge financial cushion of (usually) stolen money; were forced to return to a Moscow which was suddenly very, very cold?

 

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14 thoughts on “Oleg, its cold inside!

  1. to do what both you, and the russian in the article suggest would mean that the leaders of our nations would have spines, that’s something we have yet to see.

  2. My favorite headline “Crimea River”.

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  3. What I find totally astounding is the sheer hypocrisy of the West, the UN, and all the bum licking deviants that ride the same train.

    All seem to follow the meme – ‘Do what I say, – or else!’, – whether it be in regard to the Crimea, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Cuba, Israel, even Gibraltar, – or any one of so mamny other places living in the shadow of a larger neighbour, – of course not forgetting our own sorry an pitiful situation of being at the beck and call of Brussels.

    Whoever thought that political greed could be so much more damaging than the financial kind! Democracy is fine – if and when it works! – which is very seldom.

  4. It would be totally unethical and probably illegal to freeze non politicians assets , one might as well suggest freezing all Russian citizens assets . They are not responsible for the actions of the Russian Government .
    President Putin should stop all gas supplies to Ukraine and the EU until the West comes to it’s senses .

  5. //freezing the oligarchs’ financial assets //

    //the oligarchs Roman A. Abramovich //

    //must also hit the oligarchs//

    //all the oligarchs, who have pranced around the worlds’ capitals//

    How come that lazy term “oligarchs” is used almost exclusively to refer to Russians?

    Whereas, if they were in the West, they’d be “businessmen” or even “free marketeers”.

    Well, Mike?

  6. They aren’t really business people though are they? Unless people close to the Kremlin and FSB just happen to be brilliant entrepreneurs compared to everyone else.

  7. Good point Noel.
    In fact I’d go further and say that those “oligarchs” are the very ones Putin would be glad to get rid of.

  8. Noel Cunningham, on March 20th, 2014 at 2:59 PM Said:

    //freezing the oligarchs’ financial assets //

    //the oligarchs Roman A. Abramovich //

    //must also hit the oligarchs//

    //all the oligarchs, who have pranced around the worlds’ capitals//

    How come that lazy term “oligarchs” is used almost exclusively to refer to Russians?

    Whereas, if they were in the West, they’d be “businessmen” or even “free marketeers”.

    Well, Mike?

    Oligarchs is just a flash name for a thief.

  9. // Unless people close to the Kremlin and FSB just happen to be brilliant entrepreneurs //

    Ross, the same can be said for big business in Italy and 100 other places.

    Nothing there quite like the sinister Russian “oligarch” though, is there?

  10. Noel- that is part of the reason Burlesconi and Putin are so friendly. Even so Italy isn’t all like that in the way Russia is.

  11. The new sanctions by the USA are good- targeting Putin’s gang of thieves personally. The Kremlinbots over on the newspaper websites are enraged which is a good sign.

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