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Jun 7th, 2009 | By | In Weekend

Putin: Your Greed is Destroying People’s Lives

Russia’s Prime Minister Putin won cheers from the residents in Pikalyovo, in the region surrounding St Petersburg, for getting their unpaid wages and restarting their factories.

Premier Putin arrived in the town of Pikalyovo on Thursday, after crowds of the hungry unpaid workers took to the streets and blocked a motorway protesting over unpaid wages and the loss of jobs. Three major enterprises of the town, run by three billionaires, were shut down, and nearly all of the townsfolk — 22,000 people — found themselves unemployed overnight, and left without the basic means for living.

After the local oligarchs and the region’s governor gave him a tour of dilapidated cement, alumina and chemical factories, covered in rust and splotched with ponds of filthy water and industrial waste, Putin asked why the facilities look like “a junk heap”.

He gathered the owners, local governor and worker representatives to a meeting, to discuss the problem.

“It is not so much the economic crisis as the dispute between the three owners”, one of the owners admitted, revealing the billionaires’ bickering over who should pay for what.

When the three major enterprises of the town were shut down, in addition to losing their jobs, the locals had their heat turned off and their homes cut off from hot water supplies: the town’s boiler-house was shut down too.

After hearing out all the parties, Putin forced the oligarchs to pay the workers salary debts in entirety — 41.2 million rubles (approx. 1.3 million USD, or around 1M euros) — within one day.

“The wage debt worth 41,240,000 rubles must be paid off today,” Putin said.

“People must not fall victims to businesses’ ambitions and greed”, he added.

The factories belong to three tycoons, with Oleg Deripaska’s BaselCement, affiliated with his Basic Element company, being the largest.

“Now give me my pen back”

Enough to Impress the Rothschilds, but Not Enough to Feed his Workers

Deripaska used to be ranked Russia’s richest man and although he mourns losing the chunk of his immense wealth during the recent recession, he apparently still has plenty left over to schmooze with Rothschilds on his 73-meters long sailing palace in Montenegro, former Yugoslav republic half of which he already owns (and pining for more), but not enough to pay the salaries of his factory workers who ensured his rolling in opulence and obscene luxury doesn’t get disrupted.

Deripaska, whose fortune was evaluated at $28 billion last year, was visibly nervous during the meeting with Putin.

When the contract about the delivery of raw materials needed for factories to resume work was signed by the other parties and returned to Putin, he asked if Deripaska had signed it too.

Deripaska nodded.

“Mr. Deripaska, I don’t see your signature here. Come here and sign it now,” Putin said, setting a pen onto the table.

After a minute-long sweating over the contract, Deripaska signed the document, turned around and left holding the pen in his hand.

“Now give me my pen back,” Putin told him.

“You have made thousands of people hostage to your ambitions, your lack of professionalism and, possibly, your trivial greed. This is absolutely unacceptable,” Putin told Deripaska and two other oligarchs who own cement and alumina factories in Pikalyovo.

“Where is your social responsibility? Where is it? We keep talking about it non-stop. No one in the administration will ever convince me that the regional administration has done all they could to help the people. When I told you that I was going to come here, what did you tell me? You said that I shouldn’t come, you said you would show me a different enterprise. Why was everyone running around like cockroaches here before my arrival?” the prime minister said, in an apparently calm voice, but looking dangerously pale and focused.

“One more thing,” Putin said.

“If you cannot come to an agreement with each other to solve the problem, we shall do it without you. That’s all. Thank you,” Putin said before leaving.

Immediately, all of the problems in Pikalyovo were solved. The factories were reopened, the workers got their jobs and wages back, with the money reportedly already being transferred to their bank accounts.


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