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Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Twittering president of Russia

Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev, was in my home state yesterday doing some overt corporate spying in Silicon Valley in an effort to recreate кремниевой долины in a Moscow suburb and “diversify” beyond the gas and oil exports that have made the country rich.

While caressing a new iPad at Stanford, Dima told an audience that every American company he talked to expressed an interest in investing in Russia. “Expressing interest” is not “planning on.”

Expressing interest would be like, “Well, Dima, I’d like to invest in your ridiculously bureaucratic and corrupt country but I’d hate to end up like Bill Browder. Certainly you remember him and his investment firm Hermitage Capital, the largest portfolio investor in Russia before your guys raided the company and illegally tried to seize $4.5 billion in assets? Remember his lawyer Sergei Magnitsky? You guys arrested and tortured him and he died in prison from a ruptured stomach because his requests for medical treatment were ignored. When you guys get a handle on rule of law, give me call and we’ll do lunch.”

In addition to his message of wanting to create an improved judicial system, modernize his country and be a "predictable international partner," Medvedev also had a few words to say about Georgia.

The “dramatically bad relations” between the two countries would “take time to heal,” and won’t occur “as long as Saakashvili is president,” which is true enough, but then what credible Georgian politician would tolerate Russia’s occupation on what is still legally Georgian territory and say “ah, let’s let bygones be bygones.”?

Taking the cue from the pot calling the kettle black, Medvedev says he will not deal with Saakashvili “because I think that he did bad thing; speaking on language of law, he committed a crime.”

Speaking on language of law at Stanford University, The Russian President failed to mention the ethnic cleansing of some 20,000 innocent people by South Ossetian and Russian soldiers.

Waxing sentimental on Georgia, Dima said, "We've lived together for centuries and we had very good, the best relations and there was a period when we lived in one state."

Ah yes, those good ol’ days when 15 republics had been forced to live happily together in a single authoritarian state, whose leader for 31 of those happy years was a Georgian. How did relations ever get this dramatically bad?

Dima Medvedev, in the good times when Russia and Georgia were friends!

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Remy Gwaramadze said...

Speaking of Hermitage and Magnitsky's death, there is new neat clip online about this ugly case:

Russian Untouchables. Episode 1: Artem Kuznetsov

Paul Rimple said...

Cheers Remy