Thursday, December 15, 2005

The Washington Post is rightly outraged by former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder's decision to become an adviser for Gazprom. During his tenure in Berlin, Schröder was criticized for his chummy relationship with Vladimir Putin and his downplaying the war in Chechnya and Russia's suppression of human rights. Adds Davids Medienkritik: "The fact that the company is run by a former East German secret police officer who was close to Putin in his KGB years is truly disgusting."

Not mentioned, though equally disturbing, is Schröder's decision to serve on the board of both Zorin Industries (a biotech firm) and the Tropigala casino hotel, alongside former Nevada senator Pat Geary.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Isn't Chistopher Walken the CEO of Zorin Industries?

jamesknudson said...
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jamesknudson said...

Yes, also known as Max Zorin. The motto of Zorin Industries is "intuitive improvisation is the secret of genius." However, if Schroeder is the best they've got, they're more likely try and cover up his embarrassing incompetence. I think it would be best if Mr. Schroeder dropped out.

Anonymous said...

I heard he was going to replace number 2 as the CEO of Starbucks.