The Parallax Brief


Unrepentant Subjectivity on Economics, Politics, Defence, Foreign Policy, and Russia

Putin’s Better Side

Vladimir Putin’s alpha male diplomatic image is misguided and often counter-productive, which is a shame, because he does sometimes speak sense.

From the Moscow Times:

“[Putin] called for amendments that would simplify the rules for “conscientious” investors to make Russia more attractive for foreign money when the global economy bounces back.

“A rather intense rivalry for investment resources will unfold in the period of a post-crisis development and recovery,” he said. “And our task is to work actively on creating the most favorable conditions for bringing this investment into our economy.”

The work must be quick, open to the public and done in close contact with the business community, Putin said.”

Unfortunately, it is the Alpha male version which garners publicity and tarnishes Russia’s international image. But when you go around telling the heads of multi-national companies with money to invest, “”We don’t need help. We are not invalids. We don’t have limited mental capacity,” you have nobody to blame but yourself.

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