Startling new evidence gathered by the US government shows the extent of Vladimir Putin's wealth and corruption
The US Department of the Treasury is gravely concerned about corruption in Russia.
The Moscow Times reported that Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the U.S. Treasury, Adam Szubin, accused President Vladimir Putin of corruption in an interview with the BBC's program "Panorama" on Monday:
Putin is corrupt and the U.S. government has known this for many, many years
That's nice. And very rich considering 75% of Americans in 2015 considered corruption to be "widespread" in the US government, according to Gallup.
And Juan Cole spelled out what most people know who are even vaguely familiar with how K Street and the corporate revolving door work in Washington, giving 10 ways the US is actually the most corrupt country in the world.
But as usual, the US government is more concerned with supposedly making the rest of the world a "better" place than addressing America's own problems. Szubin continued:
We've seen [Putin] enriching his friends, his close allies, and marginalizing those using state assets that he doesn't view as friends. Whether that's Russia's energy wealth or other state contracts, he directs them to people he believes will serve him and excludes those who don't. To me, that is a picture of corruption
As usual, Szubin offered no evidence whatever to prove his allegations -- not even low resoution black & white satellite photos of two black dots purported to be Putin passing illicit cash to one of his "cronies."
Putin's spokesman Dimitry Peskov treated the charge with the contempt it deserves:
None of these questions or issues need to be answered, as they are pure fiction...the voicing of such accusations by such agencies as the U.S. Treasury without actual evidence casts a shadow on this very agency
But not so fast Dimitry....breaking news! The US State Department has just released this astounding satellite photo:
Clearly Mr. Putin's got some 'splainin to do!
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