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Is Putin the man to fight corruption?

L.A. Times 2012/12/13 03:20:10
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Russian President Vladimir Putin stunned high-level officials Wednesday by proposing restrictions on their ability to possess Western bank accounts and own real estate abroad.

Putin, in his first state-of-the-union speech since returning to the presidency, focused largely on domestic issues, saying that fighting corruption is one of the key priorities of his third presidential term and that Russia should look for guidance in its own history.

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  • Andrew 2012/12/13 21:31:24
    No
    Andrew
    +10
    Look up the word "corruption" in the dictionary and Putin and Obama's pictures are there, side by side!

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  • lm1b2 2012/12/18 16:54:26
    Yes
    lm1b2
    As long as he gets his cut,just like our Politicians!
  • Bob 2012/12/18 15:38:56
    No
    Bob
    Sure right!
  • Tastentier 2012/12/18 11:10:13 (edited)
    No
    Tastentier
    +2
    When the Russian mafia parks its illegal earnings in foreign bank caccounts, Putin and his cronies lose tax revenues. That's all this is about. Putin can earn a great deal from the rampant corruption in his country, but only as long as the mobster money is laundered and taxed in Russia.

    Besides, Western banks aren't the most reliable places for Russian mafia money anymore. Most of their illegal profits are currently parked in Cypriot bank accounts, and Cyprus is one of the most troubled Eurozone countries right now. Their banks are desperately hoping for an EU bailout which is unlikely to happen. Of course Putin wants to prevent those precious mafia earnings from going up in smoke when Cyprus banks float belly up.
  • Pakki 2012/12/18 04:16:27
    No
    Pakki
    How did he become self made 44 billion dollars???
    He lives in the land of communism and he somehow massed a fortune worth 44 billion

    I doubt he saved up his rations
  • nate 2012/12/18 02:07:49
    No
    nate
    He is the corruption!
  • rbeas 2012/12/18 02:01:51
    No
    rbeas
    he is corruption
  • Steve ☮ R ☮ P ☮ 2012 ☮ 2012/12/18 01:42:36
    No
    Steve ☮ R ☮ P ☮ 2012 ☮
  • k fleming 2012/12/18 00:37:57
    No
    k fleming
    I really dont know much about the man.
    But I would assume he is just as bad or worse as any other politician, especially considering the number of times he's reassumed power.
    Also I don't think he cares to be an ally with the US, not that I can really blame him.
  • AnimaniacClur 2012/12/18 00:04:42
    No
    AnimaniacClur
    +1
    And why don't we have Karl Marx stop Communism while we're at it?
  • JeffDeWitt 2012/12/17 23:57:27
    No
    JeffDeWitt
    +2
    Just like Al Capone would have been the best choice to fight crime in old Chicago.
  • kevracer 2012/12/17 22:13:48
    No
    kevracer
    +2
    LOL that's hilarious-he is the most corrupt leader on earth
  • thomas.ilgenfritz 2012/12/17 22:02:31
    No
    thomas.ilgenfritz
    Putin is putting the fox in the hen house......Need new leadership to change things..there must be people in Russia that want the country to prosper and be a true democratic country...
  • iamco2000 2012/12/17 21:41:51
    No
    iamco2000
    +1
    LOL, the poster child of corruption the man to fight it? LOL

    Grace to you, Glory to God!
  • t.eliot, topbard 2012/12/17 18:02:13
    No
    t.eliot, topbard
    Anybody with that kind of power, almost by definition, corrupt.
  • Boss 2012/12/17 17:59:24
    No
    Boss
    am pee8ng my pants LOL.....him??the most corrupt of all???
  • Rob Clary 2012/12/17 12:07:19
    Yes
    Rob Clary
    +1
    Putin is perfect to combat corruption since he knows all about hidden bank accounts and phantom real estate investment.
    He'll catch the bad guys.
    Go Putin!
  • JAR HEAD 2012/12/17 09:37:59
    No
    JAR HEAD
    +1
    a crook to fight crooks putin evil
  • Jeh 2012/12/17 03:43:20
    No
    Jeh
    +1
    Is Putin the man to fight corruption? Sure and Obama's the man that will balance the budget.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/12/17 03:32:48
    No
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +1
    ....HAS HE CHANGED HIS STRIPES?
  • *JustElaine* 2012/12/17 03:05:16
    No
    *JustElaine*
    +1
    LMAO!!!! Trick question, right??!!
  • JWoods0417 2012/12/17 03:02:18
    Yes
    JWoods0417
    +2
    Putin puts the well-being and advancement of Russia above global policy and making friends around the world. He is devoted to Russian hegemony at all costs. I could only wish American leaders cared more about America and less about other countries the same way Putin does with Russia.
  • Mike 2012/12/17 02:06:16
    No
    Mike
    +3
    .and Adolf Hitler is the man to fight bigotry (lol)
  • Prophet 2012/12/17 00:32:10
    Yes
    Prophet
    +1
    Oh sure! Only if it is to remove him.
  • madsam 2012/12/17 00:06:45
    No
    madsam
    +1
    He could have something b4 when he was in, so he must be part of the problem.
  • SanctumHolder 2012/12/16 22:50:18
    No
    SanctumHolder
    +1
    I literally thought this was put up as a gag. Putin hangs out in CHINA TOWN AND KOREAR TOWN!
  • Olde' Smoke 2012/12/16 22:26:23
    No
    Olde' Smoke
    +2
    The guy worked for the KGB. Come on
  • BarterMan 2012/12/16 22:10:03
    No
    BarterMan
    +2
    Yeah, right. That’s like asking if an experienced Chicago politician, mentored by the Communist Frank Marshall Davis, should be President of the United States.
  • Pamela 2012/12/16 22:01:38
    No
    Pamela
    +5
    Are you kidding me, his middle name is corruption. Putin is corrupt kidding middle corruption
  • the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA 2012/12/16 21:49:28
    No
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
  • MeiLin the jud... 2012/12/17 08:42:24 (edited)
    MeiLin
    +1
    KGB?
    KGB was disbanded in 1991.
    The current successor the FSB was organized in 1995 under Boris Yeltsin.
  • the jud... MeiLin 2012/12/17 14:24:12
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    But Putin was a big force in the old KGB,so they are not behind
  • MeiLin the jud... 2012/12/17 15:17:40
    MeiLin
    +2
    Oh, totally agreed!
  • luigi1- in god we trust 2012/12/16 17:53:55
    Yes
    luigi1- in god we trust
    +5
    He's the man. He wrote Corruption For Dummies.

    corruption for dummies
  • Red 2012/12/16 17:41:04
  • Drue-AFCL 2012/12/16 16:59:22
    No
    Drue-AFCL
    +3
    tHIS IS A STUPID QUESTION ASKED BY A STUPID NEWSPAPER!!!
  • flrdsgns Drue-AFCL 2012/12/16 17:10:57
    flrdsgns
    +1
    Good morning Drue, How are you this rainy Sunday morning?
  • Drue-AFCL flrdsgns 2012/12/16 17:21:48
    Drue-AFCL
    +2
    It isn't raining here . . . . yet! I am good. How about you?
  • flrdsgns Drue-AFCL 2012/12/16 17:29:39
    flrdsgns
    +2
    Doing good, getting ready to head off to work. Down to a drizzle here.
  • Drue-AFCL flrdsgns 2012/12/16 17:30:57
    Drue-AFCL
    +2
    Hope it is busy!
  • flrdsgns Drue-AFCL 2012/12/16 17:34:12
    flrdsgns
    +2
    Thanks, I do too. Are you out and about again today?

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