An investor’s view of why Putin’s days may be numbered

By Reuters
March 20, 2015
17 comments

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Given that the author is staunch critic of Putin, how is his view supposed to be taken as balanced and valid?

Posted by Mottjr | Report as abusive

I wish my country had a president like him.

Posted by Macedonian | Report as abusive

And here he is, the investor Bill (from the Russian Wikipedia).
In February 2008, the investigative unit of the Republic of Kalmykia initiated two criminal cases against William Browder. In March 2008, the investigative unit of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Interior filed the criminal charges against William Browder for the tax evasion of LLC “Parthenon”, LLC “Swallowtail”, LLC “Ryland”. In July 2013, the Russian court sentenced (in absentia) William Browder to 9 years in a penal colony.

Posted by VVS | Report as abusive

Russia is in decline. Largest country in the world by area, and their economy is now smaller than Italy’s. The GDP per capita in Russia has slipped to a level below that of Czech Republic or Slovenia. This is according to World Bank 2014 data. Investors are pulling out.

Posted by AlkalineState | Report as abusive

The Russians will always support Vladimir The Righteous and the biggest reason is that they want to live in a country that has 9 time zones.

Posted by Macedonian | Report as abusive

NATO has 14 times zones.

Posted by AlkalineState | Report as abusive

Russia needs foreign financial predators as much as Thailand needs the pedophiles sex tourism.

Posted by Macedonian | Report as abusive

LOL, VVS. Yes we are _all_ intimately familiar with how Putin and his cronies trump up charges against those they don’t like (you know, those that aren’t bought and paid for criminals like Putin).

Posted by pyradius | Report as abusive

Lol Macedonian,

Foreign Financial Predators? Right, much better to stick with a bunch of corrupt goverment officials bilking the Russian people for billions. Enjoy the new economy, the “west” certainly does not need Russia.

Posted by pyradius | Report as abusive

Putin continues to cave under the economic pressure. Equatorial Guinea now outperforms Russia in GDP per capita (citizens’ wealth). Putin is a financial train wreck.

Posted by AlkalineState | Report as abusive

For some of you http://russia-insider.com/en may help understand more about Russia and Putin.

Posted by usamg | Report as abusive

AH ! “Normal” markets, this should be interesting.

Posted by Laster | Report as abusive

Tyrants ride to and fro
upon the backs of tigers they dare not dismount

Winston Churchill

Posted by fiftysevennomad | Report as abusive

‘investors’ like mr Browder are best descibed as vultures and rise of Putin is as connected to subduing that type as with subduing separatism of ’90s.So this opinion is irrelevant. You as well can listen to (supposed) Madoff’s critics of USA.

PS: There’s evidence that blood of Magnitsky (and several other less known figures involved) is on Browder’s criminal associates hands.

Posted by chyron | Report as abusive

Russia is the new North Korea. Russians, get out while you still can!

Posted by Calvin2k | Report as abusive

Putin will do what ever China tells him to do. And right now, they are telling him to put his shirt back on and be quiet.

Posted by AlkalineState | Report as abusive

Sophistication – The term he was looking for was market sophistication, not “normal”.

What defines, or qualifies for normal, apparently is up for grabs.

Posted by Laster | Report as abusive