Why don't you focus on counting your own money? What's your business how much is Putin worth? Given his approval ratings in Russia, his Russian voters are happy with him regardless how much he is worth. The rest is none of your business (assuming you aren't a Russian citizen of course). And yes - he is entitled to a lot, as any President - use state-owned residences (Kremlin, Moscow, Sochi) for living and work, assistants, etc. Salary of course - but given all entitlements he hardly gets to use any.
False analogy. Approval ratings do not make corruption (or murder) legal. Hitler & Mussolini were extremely popular too as are Trump & Hillary! That doesn't excuse them of their any crimes they may have commited.
As Head of State, Putin may be entitled to use of state-owned residences and so on - but he is not entitled to build personal Dacha's like the one in Iodkopas which are far beyond the capacity of a state employee on a salary. Clearly there is something there.
Perhaps, but how do you know? You acknowledge that the oligarchs have stolen billions from the Russian people, why would Putin be exempt?
It seems to me much more reasonable to assume that Putin also took his share of the billions.
Ok Dutchy! But you dont know for sure now do you? Do you have any evidence to prove Putin has accumulated 40bn-200bn in personal wealth? Its a theory and thats ok. But do we have evidence?
Dont get me wrong! Being anti-establishment comes with my job profile! I hope we nail the guy - just like I hope we nail Trump & the Clintons for their crimes! I have journalist friends in Russia who are putting themselves at enormous personal risk to try and collect that evidence. But as of now atleast there is no conclusive evidence to nail the b**t**d! Its only speculation. Putin has covered his tracks pretty well.
Lol. The independence was never on the baled, hence even in the Pinocchio referendum, it was never decided as such on independence. And you are perfectly fine with this timeline? And you are perfectly fine that Putin's Russia got the ok to invade another country and to annex part of it.
Question: Was there a referendum when Texas was annexed into the American Union? Or California? What is the legal precedence for such matters? It was wrong for Russia to have conducted the illegal referendum - they should have just done in Crimea what the Americans did in Texas and California. Or what the British did in much of their former empire.