It’s certainly possible. I wrote a college paper over the Ukrainian gas dispute, where I fingered Putin as a responsible party who privately owned a large share of the Russian gas industry, but I never put it up on the website. It’s a shame that I didn’t because now it would make for an excellent ‘I told you so’ moment. Perhaps Putin does deserve the Times title given this revelation; the man has certainly worked the system. His logic, as explained in the article, is tempting to say the least.
Belkovsky adds that the west has misunderstood Putin and has been distracted by his “neo-Soviet” image. Putin, Belkovsky claims, is ultimately a “classic” businessman who believes money can solve any problem, and whose psychology was shaped by his experiences working in the St Petersburg mayor’s office in Russia’s crime-ridden early 1990s.
“He is quite sure of this. A problem that can’t be resolved with $1bn can be resolved with $10bn, and if not with $10bn then $20bn, and so on,” Belkovsky said.
I wonder if the Kremlin is accepting job applications? I’d certainly consider tearing down my little Grinch for a piece of that pie.
In related news, I’m going to remove some of the papers/articles I’ve written from the website because I got to thinking about it and I’m not eager for some lazy college students to go stealing my poorly constructed arguments. I’m not interested in contributing to plagiarism or being plagiarized. Those papers and contentions may not be good, but I worked hard on them. If you’d like to get a hold of them for any other purpose, feel free to e-mail me.