The Russia Journal performed a fantastic service by transcribing this piece from Ria Novosti in its blog.
Other than being written by someone in the Government for RIAN it alerted me to a little known due diligence procedure - talking to Reindeer herdsmen before accepting a job offer;
As always, Schroeder was accorded a hearty welcome in Russia. Before the NEGP Russian-German consortium stockholders meeting, he had visited the cold and remote gas-producing regions. Gerhard Schroeder met with locals, sat with Yamal reindeer-breeders in a chum (portable framework dwelling), and saw industrial facilities in action. This is in his nature - Schroeder always thoroughly studies the situation before making a final decision.
Some of the political analysis is a little baffling
Schroeder’s failure to get re-elected has not caused such dramatic consequences. Half of the current government leaders are his party colleagues, whose duty is to strictly monitor the implementation of the coalition agreement, which has sealed the main directions of his policy. Besides, the situation in Europe does not permit individual countries to “go wild”.
But I was in need of a smile to end the week.
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