Source Pravda.Ru

Comments: Thai prime minister was criticized for buying Russian fighters

The most strident critic of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra attracted more than 40,000 people to a downtown park Friday and accused the Thai leader of buying obsolete jet fighters from Russia to reap a kickback of 3.5 billion baht (US$85 million; Ђ72 million). In a new allegation of corruption, publishing mogul Sondhi Limthongkul said that instead of purchasing modern planes from the United States or Sweden, Thaksin used his power to urge the air force commander to buy outdated, inefficient Russian planes

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