As Rome Burns, Putin OKs Crimea Gambling Zone

As Rome Burns, Putin OKs Crimea Gambling Zone

Russian president Vladimir Putin, dealing with sanctions that are economic signs in a legislation which will create a ‘gambling area’ in annexed Crimea. But could his timing be any worse?

The story that is old Roman emperor Nero fiddling while his city burned to the floor has a mythic quality that could be used to Vladimir Putin today. Facing a worldwide scandal after Russia’s seeming involvement in shooting a Malaysia Air passenger jet out of the sky, the Russian president has chosen now to ok a new gambling zone in Crimea; a small region just to the south of Ukraine, in which the horrific incident took place last week.

Of course, unlike Nero, Putin continues to be firmly in charge of all things Russian, and has now borne the brunt of surprisingly little outrage that is international the incident that was allegedly carried out under their army’s auspices.

Putin signed into effect a law this week that will transform the territory that is annexed of into a gambling zone for Russian holidaymakers. Within the light of recent events in Eastern Ukraine, Putin, faced with the prospect of increased US/EU sanctions, could very well have chosen a more apposite moment to make this particular announcement, but he’s nothing if not bull-headed, and it is clear he is determined to make the region economically self-sufficient.

Russia overran the mostly Russian-speaking territory from the Ukraine in March, adhering to a referendum on its stat Continue reading “As Rome Burns, Putin OKs Crimea Gambling Zone”