If Vladimir Putin is worried about the sanctions imposed on his closest allies, he’s hiding it like a poker champ. Even his sanctioned allies have shrugged off or even mocked the measures. Yuri Kovalchuk, chairman of the sanctioned firm Bank Rossiya, claimed that it has benefitted from sanctions as Russians infected with patriotic fervor, including Putin, open new accounts. But despite the cavalier attitude of those in Putin’s inner circle, Russia’s wealthiest have already taken a serious hit.
Ukraine asks for help, and Obama sends…hashtags:
President Obama had great success using social media during his campaigning days, but does that same mindset work for foreign affairs?
“I don’t know what effect this is supposed to have,” said former State Department diplomat James Lewis. “It’s a hashtag. What’s it going to do? For this situation, it’s not a useful tool.”
To get the momentum going on the hashtag, top officials posted their own photos. Among the most notable was the State Department’s chief spokesperson Jen Psaki, who was once in the running for the Obama’s press secretary.
— Jen Psaki (@statedeptspox) March 26, 2014
Yeah. That’ll help.