Sunday, June 26, 2005

Russia’s Putin Urges U.S. Businessmen to Invest in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has assured
U.S. business leaders that his government remains
committed to free-market principles and welcomes
foreign investment, addressing concerns raised by
the jailing of former oil tycoon Mikhail
Khodorkovsky, local media reported Saturday.
Authorities also have launched more
investigations into back taxes, and even the
Russian subsidiaries of foreign corporate giants
like BP and Japan Tobacco have been slapped with
multimillion-dollar claims.

"Come on in", said the spider to the fly.

And the flies are buzzing about looking for
something to eat. These flies are also used to being
partners with the state.

Earlier Putin said he's gonna rein in the tax Mafia.

First, he's a pol. What does that tell you?

Secondly, how do you suppose he plans to do that?