'In Russia there are business people who reluctantly support the arts,' said State Hermitage Director Mikhail Piotrovsky in a session of the Coffee Club which is devoted to questions of interrelations between business, society and culture. He said that the State Hermitage has 'a list of the so-called oligarchs and, as it turns out, of 10 people 9 regularly support our cultural institutions and assets.' 'After Vladimir Potanin gave the Hermitage Maleovich's Black Square, the other oligarchs began to follow suit. Each of them donates different amounts to the arts. Each has their own preference and interest. Only Roman Abramovich's investments are not a cause for enthusiasm,' he said.
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria