As Rome Burns, Putin OKs Crimea Gambling Zone

As Rome Burns, Putin OKs Crimea Gambling Zone

Russian president Vladimir Putin, dealing with economic sanctions, signs in a law that will create a ‘gambling zone’ in annexed Crimea. But could their timing be any worse?

The story that is old Roman emperor Nero fiddling while his city burned to the bottom features a mythic quality that could be used to Vladimir Putin today. Facing an international scandal after Russia’s seeming involvement in shooting a Malaysia Air passenger jet out of the sky, the Russian president has chosen now to ok a new gambling zone in Crimea; a small region just to the south of Ukraine, where the horrific incident took spot week that is last.

Of course, unlike Nero, Putin continues to be firmly accountable for all things Russian, and contains borne the brunt of surprisingly little international outrage over the incident which was allegedly carried out under his military’s auspices.

Putin signed into impact a legislation this week that will transform the territory that is annexed of into a gambling zone for Russian holidaymakers. Into the light of recent events in Eastern Ukraine, Putin, faced with the prospect of increased US/EU sanctions, could perhaps have selected a more apposite moment to make this specific announcement, but he could be nothing if not bull-headed, and it’s clear he is determined to create the region economically self-sufficient.

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