President Vladimir Putin has urged Russian prosecutors to protect the rights of businesspeople "with a view to improving the business climate." Speaking to a gathering of prosecutors in Moscow on March 19, Putin said that a "more effective defense of the rights of business owners" was important "so we can make up for restrictions imposed from the outside by improving the quality of work within the country." The Russian economy has been hard hit by economic sanctions imposed by Western countries over Moscow's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and its ongoing military, political, and economic support for separatist formations in eastern Ukraine, as well as by Russia's countersactions. Comment: Ukraine is collapsing under the weight of its own corruption, catalyzed by the US backed coup, meanwhile Crimea, which voted by a landslide to rejoin Russia, is doing very well indeed. Putin's comments come a month after the February 14 arrest of Michael Calvey, a U.S. citizen and the...
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