Once again, Putin breaks his Word
Russia, you may have heard, is ruled by a liar. A man, Vladimir V. Putin, who spent his entire life in the KGB, proudly learning the ways and means of dishonesty and mendacity, until likely he himself lost touch with the very notion of what is true. As such, that Putin would govern on basis of lies, deception and self-deception, should surprise nobody, and instances of such conduct flow in on a daily basis. How convenient for Putin, then, that the current occupant of the Oval Office is a helpless sucker, and his predecessor was little better.
Back in 2006, Vladimir Putin signed a bilateral treaty with the United States promising to implement certain policies in Russia to protect American intellectual property rights, which were being profligately stolen by Russians far and wide.
Four years later, the U.S. government has issued a report (see page 23) which, for all practical purposes, calls Putin a liar for failing to do what he promised he would in the written agreement.
It lumps Russia in with a tiny group of nations that are the worst flouters of copyright and patent law on the planet. The reports states:
In the IPR Bilateral Agreement, Russia committed to fight optical disc and Internet piracy, enact legislation to protect against unfair commercial use of undisclosed test or other data generated to obtain marketing approval for pharmaceutical products, deter piracy and counterfeiting through enhanced criminal penalties, strengthen border enforcement, and conform its laws to international IPR norms. Russia’s continued delays in fully implementing this Agreement are particularly troubling, since, with respect to several of the obligations, the IPR Bilateral Agreement established an agreed-upon deadline of June 1, 2007. While the amendments to the Civil Code and Customs Code have been introduced into the Duma they have not yet become law. Amendments to the Law on Medicines were enacted in 2010; they did not implement the provisions of the IPR Bilateral Agreement on protection of pharmaceutical test data.
In other words, once again, proud KGB spy Vladimir Putin has broken his word. Yet, American president Barack Obama foolishly trusts Putin’s word in regard to sanctions on Iran and nuclear disarmament, even as Russians continue year after year to steal from Americans, literally taking bread out of their mouths every single day.