- Harbor Freight Tools plans to move ahead with Cape Girardeau store (12/5/17)2
- Feds ask judge to impose $6.5 million punishment for Cape surgeon (12/7/17)9
- Business Notebook: Yule Log Cabin gets home feel honestly (12/4/17)
- Former Wimpy's Drive-In owner Freeman Lewis dies (12/9/17)2
- Makeover at the movies: Transformation complete inside Cape theater (12/8/17)4
- Sugarfire Cape barbecue restaurant to open June 2018 (12/7/17)
- Rep. Lichtenegger proposes change to term limits (12/4/17)7
- Fire displaces family of seven (12/5/17)1
- Buffalo Wild Wings moving to new location in March (12/2/17)2
- Fruitland Army veteran spends weeks helping in ravaged Puerto Rico (12/5/17)2
Putin's real motive
(Bern, Switzerland) Der Bund
The billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky is no little innocent. In the 1990s, as fantastic fortunes were being made overnight in Russia, Khodorkovsky was one of the most dangerous sharks in waters where only a few fish swam anyway.
But unlike other Russian tycoons, Khodorkovsky finally began to reform his business, Yukos, to meet Western standards and is, in Russian terms, pretty much an exemplary taxpayer. Before the campaign against Yukos and Khodorkovsky by the general prosecutor's office and the domestic secret service, Yukos was one of the few showpiece firms in Russia.
The campaign against Yukos undoubtedly results from a direct order from Russian President Vladimir Putin. His declared goal is to build up Russia's economy, but of course that's only good as long as the Kremlin's monopoly on power is not affected. In this case, Putin is forcing real or imagined enemies to their knees -- even if, as in this case, that makes frightened investors flee and the Russian stock exchange lose billions in a few days.
The Khodorkovsky case is probably only at the start. But it should serve to put right those optimists who believe that Russia under Putin has fundamentally changed for the better.