March 22, 2014
THE ROPE WITH WHICH TO HANG THEMSELVES:
Mr. Putin's Very Bad Day: The Noose Tightens On His Inner Circle And The Russian People (Paul Roderick Gregory, 3/21/14, Forbes)
Posted by Orrin Judd at March 22, 2014 2:39 AMFriday, March 21 was a very bad day for Vladimir Putin.In Brussels, the European Union signed the Ukrainian EU Association Agreement, which puts Ukraine on track to join the EU within a couple of years. For its part, Ukraine pledged to become an open, democratic, rule-of-law society as a condition for admission. (It was Yanukovich's refusal to sign the EU association agreement that set off the Euro Maidan demonstrations and led to Yanukovich's flight from Ukraine).In Brussels, leaders of the European Union expanded their list of sanctioned Russian officials to members of Putin's inner circle, also included in the Washington sanctions. The Europeans added to their list Dmitry Kiselyov, Putin's appointed head of mass-media propaganda. Former Ambassador, Mike McFaul, drove the nail deeper by revealing in an interview that Kiselyov had visited Washington as a paid guest of the state department in 2010.