Since the President of Russia lives modestly and his capital is still not defined, the responsibility for the policy of Russia in Ukraine and the downed Boeing must be laid on his rich friends, who have become billionaires, Joinfo.ua reports referring to the Times.
A year after the crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 in Ukraine, Russia still denies its implication in this tragedy. The Kremlin is hoping that over time resentment of the West regarding its role in the accident, as well as about its attempts to redraw the European borders by force, will weaken.
“Meanwhile, no statute of limitations is valid in such horrific crimes,” the British newspaper emphasizes. As long as Russia’s support for separatists in Ukraine prevents peace in unite Ukraine and as long as it is impossible to fully investigate the collapse of the downed airliner, the Western countries should not only slacken but tighten the sanctions.
The Achilles heel of Putinism, says Times, – is old friends and close associates of President Vladimir Putin, who have greatly enriched during his reign. It is them the current sanctions of Washington are primarily focused on, while the European sanctions lists include top military and government officials who are directly related to the execution of the Kremlin’s policy in Ukraine.
According to various data, President Vladimir Putin himself lives modestly and has not been seen in too obvious waste. However, he is certainly well “prepared for retirement,” the Times writes: in 2007 the CIA assessed the capital of the Russian president in $ 40 billion. Meanwhile, among those against whom the United States imposed sanctions, is, for example, Gennady Timchenko, whose capital last year had reached the level of 15.3 billion dollars due to the export contract with the largest Russian oil group corporation.