(12-20-13) It's been a big week for Uncle Vlad Putin. First, he pledged to lend $15 billion to Ukraine, which Bloomberg called a "junk-rated Ukraine vassal" thus outfoxing the EU‚Äôs bid to bring Ukraine into the EU and NATO orbit.
Putin signed a pardon for former owner of Yukos Oil Co. and former billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was imprisoned for ten years by Putin for his "political" activities. Why? Because the message had been sent and there was no reason to hold him any longer.
In another surprise, Putin even pardoned the imprisoned punk rock girls called Pussy Riot in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympic games at Sochi.
However Putin is holding his ground and not backing down on the anti-gay legislation -- even though there has been pressure for him to do so.
This makes Putin appear even more liberal than Obama, whose National Security States of America and NSA spying on everybody, continues to draw criticism from around the world.