So Theresa May decided the best way to take on Putin's killing machine and Russia's most recent act of terror carried out on a political opponent was to remove 23 diplomats or spies or agents or whatever excuse they have for being in the UK.
Along with other retaliatory moves May intends to let Putin and his goon squad know that killing people on foreign soil is not going to go unanswered. Sounding tough and resolute May rounded on Russia and the arrogance for which it carried out yet another state sponsored killing that goes to the very top of the Kremlin.
That's all fine and dandy and no doubt will garner a response from Moscow.........But it's not enough.
If the British or anyone want to truly take on Putin then expelling diplomats isn't going to get his attention. His arrogant attitude and his ultra nationalistic government and all those duped into believing that Putin the saviour of Russia are lost minds.....Like those who wear MAGA hats those Russian Nationalist minds are so far beyond the cold hard facts and overwhelming evidence that they give in to sycophancy of nationalism.
Make no mistake that Putin has amassed a wealth so great that he is believed by many to be one of the wealthiest men on earth......On a Russian President's salary no less.
Vladimir Putin earned 38.5 million rubles (roughly $673,000) between 2011 and 2016, according to information publicly released by the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation on Tuesday, giving the Russian president an average yearly salary of about $112,000.
According to Time Magazine....
Putin certainly has the visible trappings of wealth. Among his alleged holdings is a palace on the Black Sea with a reported price tag of $1 billion.
It features “a magnificent columned facade reminiscent of the country palaces Russian tsars built in the 18th Century,” according to the BBC. It also allegedly includes a private theatre, a landing pad with bays for three helicopters, and accommodation for security guards.
And all that on $112,000 a year.
Still the people love him and any dissenting foe is not an enemy of Putin but slammed as a Russophobe, again not unlike those who wear MAGA hats and claim any critique is an attack....Then again many who have blind faith are unwilling to have that self imposed blindness lifted by the light of truth or of facts.
With capitalism comes corruption and the former Soviet Union was and is no exception to that rule. As the nation of Russia went communism to open democracy and then came the capitalism and the corruption and the greed. Russia who for the entirety of the Cold War would often criticise the wealth and the greed and the materialism of the west now seduced by that very same materialism.
But who doesn't love the ability to amass huge wealth and do it in a world of wealth that hides from the light of day or the prying eyes of enquiring minds or opponents.
Anointed by Yeltsin to lead the new Russia into the 21st century Putin's divvying up of the massive oil wealth to those who even today remained loyal has not only seen Russian money spread across the planet wherever ill gotten gains could be hidden from the masses.
That money is everywhere, Europe, Africa, The Middle East.....The US of A...
Far away from the masses who don't get to share in the fortunes of Mother Russia. That's for a select few and all at the behest of the man who decides who can buy a loaf of bread and who can buy a second superyacht.
It would be easy to feel that Putin is an untouchable entity and someone beyond the law and beyond any form of retribution. That would be one arrogant thought too far for Putin. His power and his reign has always been feathered by those ill gotten gains by picking Oligarchs who whilst being incredibly loyal have their assets all over the world hiding in plain sight.
Many of those assets reside in the UK in London in the form of multi million pound luxury properties, one of those expensive properties overlooks the UK's Ministry Of Defence HQ. From Football Teams to a host of other purchases the UK is in a prime position to fire a truly meaningful shot across the bow of an increasingly rogue state then that needs to be aimed at where Putin can be hurt the most.
Hit his secret wealth where it hides and hit his rich followers who flaunt that wealth courtesy of being handpicked by Putin to spend the hidden billions.....Kick him hard and freeze his massive hidden parachute rainy day fund.....
Kick him in the Oligarchs.