Wikipedia, all though not perfect, does provide a great deal of source material for their writings thus, I find the information to be overall very good. I surely do not find this level of integrity from our illustrious main stream media. It is why I decided to research Putin to see if all the (mis)information and conjecture about him is true or false. If you ever decide to write something on Wiki, made sure you have ducks in a row or you will be thrown out on your buttock. Trust me, when challenged on a specific issue, I found out the hard way. Not that I was wrong, I just didn’t have the bibliography or source material and they called me on it.
In 2007, he was the Time Person of the Year. In 2015, he was #1 on the Time’s Most Influential People List. Forbes ranked him the World’s Most Powerful Individual every year from 2013 to 2016.
“Putin is the current President of the Russian Federation, holding the office since 7 May 2012. He was Prime Minister from 1999 to 2000, President from 2000 to 2008, and again Prime Minister from 2008 to 2012. During his second term as Prime Minister, he was the Chairman of the ruling United Russia Party.
In the 2000 election, Putin received 53% of the vote and the next highest vote getter only received 30% of the vote, thus with the plurality, no runoff was required.
A total of 33 candidates were nominated; 15 submitted the application forms to the Central Electoral Committee, and ultimately 12 candidates were registered. One of them withdrew shortly before the deadline, so 11 candidates took part in the elections: Vladimir Putin, Gennady Zyuganov, Grigory Yavlinsky, Amangeldy Tuleyev, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Konstantin Titov, Ella Pamfilova, Stanislav Govorukhin, Yury Skuratov, Alexey Podberezkin, and Umar Dzhabrailov.
So the idea being promulgated by the U.S. news media and politicos that Putin is a dictatorial tyrant is surely not based on these facts.
“He was reelected again as President in 2004 with 72% of the vote. During Putin’s first presidency, the Russian economy grew for eight straight years, and GDP measured in purchasing power increased by 72%. The growth was a result of the 2000s commodities boom, high oil prices, and prudent economic and fiscal policies. Because of constitutionally mandated term limits, Putin was ineligible to run for a third consecutive presidential term in 2008. The 2008 Presidential election was won by Dmitry Medvedev, who appointed Putin Prime Minister, beginning a period of so-called “tandemocracy“. In September 2011, after presidential terms were extended from four to six years, Putin announced he would seek a third term as president. He won the March 2012 Presidential election with 64% of the vote, a result which aligned with pre-election polling.Falling oil prices coupled with international sanctions imposed at the beginning of 2014 after Russia’s annexation of Crimea and military intervention in Eastern Ukraine led to GDP shrinking by 3.7% in 2015, though the Russian economy rebounded in 2016 with 0.3% GDP growth and is officially out of the recession. Under Putin’s leadership, Russia has scored poorly on both the Democracy index and the Corruption index.”
The above Democracy and Corruption Indices are done by Transparency International, so I thought I would learn more about them. Just wait to see what I found.
Transparency International e.V. (TI) is an international non-governmental organization which is based in Berlin, Germany, and was founded in 1993. Its nonprofit purpose is to take action to combat corruption and prevent criminal activities arising from corruption. It publishes for example the Global Corruption Barometer and the Corruption Perceptions Index. Transparency International has the legal status of a German registered voluntary association (Eingetragener Verein) and serves as an umbrella organization. Its members are besides a few individuals more than 100 national chapters which engage in fighting corruption in their home countries.
- They don’t support Edward Snowden even though he should be protected by the Whistleblowers Protection Act. FYI: Republican G. W. Bush signed the Legislation yet Democrat. B. Obama has prosecuted more whistleblower than any other U.S. President in our history.
President Barack Obama issued Presidential Policy Directive 19 (PPD-19), entitled “Protecting Whistleblowers with Access to Classified Information”. According to the law signed by Obama on October 10, 2012, it is written that “this Presidential Policy Directive ensures that employees (1) serving in the Intelligence Community or (2) who are eligible for access to classified information can effectively report waste, fraud, and abuse while protecting classified national security information. It prohibits retaliation against employees for reporting waste, fraud, and abuse.
If you read more extensively on this issue, you will find that Federal Judges got involved and as usual often sided with the U.S. Government wanting to prosecute them.
- In January 2015 it was reported that Transparency International (TI) accepted $3 million from the German engineering multinationalSiemens, which in 2008 paid one of the largest corporate corruption fines in history – $1.6 billion – for bribing government officials in numerous countries. Transparency International applied for and received the money from Siemens, even though TI’s due diligence procedures prohibit the organization from accepting money from corporations that want to “greenwash” their reputations by making donations to TI. “If any corporate donor is accused of having been involved in corruption, the donor can expect no protection from TI,” the procedures state. Transparency International received the money from the Siemens Integrity Initiative about a year after the Initiative hired former TI staffer Jana Mittermaier, raising questions of a “revolving door” that has benefited both the organization and the company. Several of TI’s national chapters also have accepted money from Siemens: $660,000 for TI USA, $600,000 for TI Italy, $450,000 for TI Bulgaria, and $230,000 for TI Mexico – each for a period of three years. “This really shows that Transparency International is not as pure as people think,” a TI insider told Corporate Crime Reporter.
Internal scandals within Transparency International
In January 2017, the TI Secretariat confirmed that its International Board of Directors decided on 10 January 2017 to strip its US affiliate — Transparency International USA — of its accreditation as the National Chapter in the United States.  Transparency International USA joins Transparency Croatia in having its credentials stripped. The stated basis for the dis-accreditation was the Board’s recognition of differences in philosophies, strategies, and priorities between the former chapter and the Transparency International Movement. Elsewhere, it was reported that TI-USA come to been seen in the United States as a corporate front group, funded by multinational corporations — the same multinationals that corrupt the U.S. political system. TI-USA’s million dollar budget was provided by Bechtel Corporation, Deloitte, Google, Pfizer ($50,000 or more), Citigroup, ExxonMobil, Fluor, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Marsh & McLennan, PepsiCo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Raytheon, Realogy, Tyco ($25,000–$49,999), and Freeport-McMoRan and Johnson & Johnson (up to $24,999) . TI-USA previously awarded an annual corporate leadership award to one of its big corporate funders. In 2016, this award went to Bechtel.
In April 2015 TI defended the decision by its American chapter, TI-USA, to give Hillary Clinton its Integrity Award in 2012. TI’s statement followed a report by National Public Radio that Bill and Chelsea Clinton were not factual regarding the transparency of the Clinton Foundation.
Due to a “lack of confidence,” TI’s chapter in Croatia was disaccredited by the organization’s Board of Directors in November 2015. The previous year, several leaders of the Croatia chapter challenged the legality of the chapter president’s election. The president was accused of falsifying records, conflicts of interest, and arbitrarily expelling 10 chapter members who opposed the hiring of staff against the organization’s rules. The Croatian government eventually revoked the president’s appointment.
Transparency International has recently come under intense criticism for accepting millions of dollars from companies that have engaged in bribery . In 2014, Siemens donated $3 million to Transparency International after pleading guilty in 2008 to bribery charges in which it paid more than $1.6 billion in penalties relating to widespread corrupt practices in Greece, Norway, Iraq, Vietnam, Italy, Israel, Argentina, Venezuela, China and Russia. .
Transparency International’s policy forbids accepting money from corrupt companies. In January 2016 a dispute arose regarding TI’s chapter in New Zealand. The Governance Director in TI’s Berlin headquarters sought to block an ethics complaint filed against the chapter’s Board Chair by preventing the complaint from being heard by the Berlin office. The Governance Director also submitted an affidavit challenging a New Zealand court’s jurisdiction to hear the case.
In August 2015 former TI staffer Anna Buzzoni went public regarding retaliation she and her colleagues faced after reporting to managers questionable financial dealings at TI’s Water Integrity Network. Two of Buzzoni’s project responsibilities were suspended and she was transferred against her will. She left TI shortly before internal whistleblower guidelines were adopted in June 2014.
So, now that we have examined the credibility of Transparency International, it is surely not the purist organization its mission suggests. It’s appears to be as corrupt as the corruption it is allegedly trying to determine. It’s credibility in my mind is thus highly tarnished if not totally destroyed.
Take the time to understand Putin and also Bashar al-Assad and his family’s rise to power in Syria.