Re: The loneliness of the all-too-powerful dictator (23/02/22 20:37:41)
A tiny soul. A vengeful mind. And a balloon ego. He is not playing a zero sum game: he is playing a subtraction game. He loses. But he has made his precautions during 20 years, so he is surrounded by wimps who will not topple him.
Our side has been wimps, too. Business as usual, instead of instant sanctions the moment he put himself in the position of reaching tsardom.
Let's see if the Austrians will seize his assets.
"Austria was the first foreign country that Russian president Vladimir Putin visited officially in June 2018 following his reelection for the fourth term as president of Russia. In the course of Putin's visit, the CEOs of OMV and Gazprom signed an agreement to extend Russian gas supplies to Austria until 2040, with both Putin and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in attendance. The signing occurred at a time when the two countries were marking 50 years of Soviet/Russian gas supplies to Austria."
"Austria's ex-foreign minister Karin Kneissl has joined an ever-expanding list of senior Austrian and German politicians working as Kremlin lobbyists.
The 56-year old, who led Austria's diplomacy between 2017 and 2019, is to become a board member of Russian state oil firm Rosneft, in a move announced by Moscow on Tuesday (3 March).
The firm is run by one of Russian president Vladimir Putin's closest friends, Igor Sechin. "
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