Russia knew exactly how long that would take.
Analysts keep comparing Putin to Khrushchev and what Khrushchev did in terms of making promises to the West in order to ease tensions -- and then he would go back on them. It was Khrushchev which technically gave Ukraine its independence even when the Soviet Union was 25 years from breaking apart. Why? It was an effort to ease tensions after the Cuban Missile Crisis.
This is the same game that the Soviets played in the entire post-war regime, where they would make an initial push, wait for the Western response, and when they saw that the response was a typical mealy-mouthed response, they pushed some more.
And there's nothing that the US, UK and Europeans can do. There are no political sanctions they can do except restricting travel of various members of the Putin government and his oligarch pals. They've done that already by placing sanctions on the Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. It's being done to inconvenience Putin as much as possible. However the cadre of Russian billionaires around him, the pro-Putin oligarchs, were very well protected and were prepared for sanctions.
These old Soviet-style oligarchs have mechanisms already in place to move money and assets very quickly -- within 24 hours. They can dump stock. They can dump real estate. You can't sell it that quickly, but a number of these Russian oligarchs who owned very expensive homes in London that they paid 10 million pounds or more for them immediately mortgaged them for 80-90% of the value. Then they got the money out of them. It's almost like they're learning high-level Republican tricks.
It should be noted that the Russian oligarchs first went to Bushonian scamscateers and the financial advisor they all had in common, when the rape and pillage of Russian state assets began under Boris Yeltsin, was Kissinger & Associates.
If you want a Republican scamscateer, you go to the top where the most experienced scamscateers are. It's no coincidence that so much Russian money went to Liechtenstein which is where Kissinger's money and Bush's money and so many other Bushonian scamscateers' money was.
If you're a Russian oligarch, you want to have money in a financial institution that Bushonian Cabalists have their money in because you know they're not going to be touched.
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* AL MARTIN, author of "The Conspirators: Secrets of an Iran Contra Insider," is an Independent Political-Economic Analyst with 25 years of experience as a trader on NYMEX, CME, CBOT and CFTC. He is also currently trading the commodity futures market day and night and has a teleconferencing service to facilitate transactions in the markets. This is a service for independent experienced traders.
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