As Rome Burns, Putin OKs Crimea Gambling Zone

As Rome Burns, Putin OKs Crimea Gambling Zone

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

The old story about Roman emperor Nero fiddling while his city burned to the ground features a mythic quality that could be used to Vladimir Putin today. Dealing with an international scandal after Russia’s seeming involvement in shooting a Malaysia Air passenger jet out of the sky, the Russian president has chosen now to okay a new gambling area in Crimea; a small region simply to the south of Ukraine, where the horrific incident took destination the other day.

Of course, unlike Nero, Putin remains firmly accountable for all things Russian, and has now borne the brunt of surprisingly little international outrage over the incident that was allegedly carried out under their army’s auspices.

Putin signed into impact a legislation this week that may transform the annexed territory of Crimea into a gambling zone for Russian holidaymakers. In the light of recent events in Eastern Ukraine, Putin, faced with the prospect of increased US/EU sanctions, could perhaps have plumped for a more apposite moment to make this specific announcement, but he is nothing if not bull-headed, and it’s clear he is determined to produce the area economically self-sufficient.

Russia took over the mostly Russian-speaking territory from the Ukraine in March, carrying out a referendum on Continue reading “As Rome Burns, Putin OKs Crimea Gambling Zone”