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No need for in-depth analysis and stacks of references, you single line comment covers the issue ever since George met Vladimir and touched his soul! LOL
    Hmmmm, this sounds very much in line with what our corporate government here is doing, gouging!!!

Vladimir from the good-old KGB school, doesn't have a single wrinkle in his face out of place. Off camera he must laugh his ass off when he fooled the bunch of diplomats, press and media once again. Putin is returning all gas and oil assets to centralized government within the Kremlin. Taking back from the rich and returning to the poor old party leaders.

The pricing issue of gas transport through the Ukraine is payback for Orange Revolt, support for the Russian Eastern Ukraine population and a stark warning to other satellite states. Dictator Karimov ultimately feels more comfortable under Russia's umbrella in Uzbekistan, and Putin looks for further consolidation of his reach and power in the Central Asian and Caspian Sea states.

Kremlin is not about PR or diplomacy, prefer to use available power to handle a crisis. The former Soviet satellite states recognize the tactics and offer countermeasures from the democratic West and public or media opinion.

Remember the photos of revolt?

Judiciary an Extension of the Executive?

No, no! Not Washington and Bush, in this article George Bush turns the table on friend Vladimir Putin.

The trial of oil billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky has evolved into a test watched globally, of the Kremlin's attitude towards an independent judiciary and private property.

Mr Bush said he had raised the matter with President Vladimir Putin at a recent meeting. Mr Bush said he told Mr Putin: "Here, you're innocent until proven guilty and it appeared to us, at least people in my administration, that it looked like he had been judged guilty prior to having a fair trial." He added: "We've expressed our concern about the appeal. We're watching the ongoing case."

The billionaire, whose wealth has shrunk since his arrest from $15.2bn (£8.4bn) to $2.2bn as the Kremlin seized and sold off his oil company Yukos, looked straight ahead while listening to the sentence.

He said in court: "This is a monument to Basmanny justice," a reference to the Moscow court that turned down his bail applications and to accusations that the courts are an extension of the executive.  

"Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason?
For if it prosper, none dare call it treason."

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 2nd, 2006 at 09:35:29 AM EST
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