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To: JohnA
It was duly noted on Sobchak’s death that his funeral was the only place anybody has ever seen Putin shed a tear.

Are you really saying that Gazputin can’t show empathy, except once? I do not think that he is a psychopath, but he is an authoritarian soon-to-become dictator.

30 posted on 08/07/2007 5:30:18 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: AdmSmith

That’s not the way he or Russia tell it. That’s not the way Solzhenitsyn sees it going. Stop meddling and barking at the sidelines and deal with the Russia that is rather than the Russia you want it to be,seeing Putin-as-Lightening-Rod for all your messianic lightening strikes. Be realistic, like Henry Kissinger.


31 posted on 08/07/2007 5:43:31 AM PDT by JohnA
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To: AdmSmith
No. What I am really saying is that Putin's history with the municipal government of St Petersburg was this:

The city was starving. Sobchak and Putin worked day and night to trade off precious metals etc...anything they could get their hands on to trade for food for the populous. They got the job done. Investigations went deep into Putin's work when he became President for St Pete's profiteering and corruption and found nothing, nada, zilch. The investigations were, according to those who launched them - exhaustive. Hence, Sobchak is Putin's hero. And that is why he openly wept.
32 posted on 08/07/2007 6:25:35 PM PDT by JohnA
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