- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Word on the street is that the U.S. government is preparing a plan, in conjunction with the European Union, to target the pocketbooks of Putin’s cronies, along the lines of the “illicit activities initiative” that successfully hit the bank accounts of North Korea’s leaders a few years ago. That program involved about 15 countries and scores of law enforcement offices. James Mates of ITV News tweets, “EU believed to have drawn up list of 120-130 Russian officials to be targeted with sanctions, incl heads of Gazprom + Rosneft.”
I sure hope so.
The London Review of Books describes Putin as a counter-revolutionary. Seems right to me.