Saturday, 28 May 2011

Putin on Blatter, Berlusconi and Strauss-Kahn

MOSCOW (AP)—Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has cast his support behind FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who is facing an investigation as part of bribery scandal.
Putin dismissed the charges against Blatter as “complete nonsense” in Friday’s comments carried by Russian news agencies.

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Moscow - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Friday said he had substantial doubts that the sexual assault of a hotel maid allegedly by the former IMF chief occurred as has been reported in international media.

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"Our friend Silvio Berlusconi is interested not only girls but also deals with concrete things", said Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Bryansk region of his party, United Russia,

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The rite of mafia initiation establishes not only a status as "man of honor", but also a ritual kinship, an almost religious communion (p. 76), that creates obligations of correctness and solidarity vis-à-vis the other members of the same mafia family and in principle also to all other mafia brothers (p. 81).
Mafia Brotherhoods: Organized Crime, Italian Style
Letizia Paoli

Oxford University Press, 2003

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