Sorry about this but more Ritchie

So you think Abramovich moved to london because “this is where the skills are”? That’s hilarious.
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Richard Murphy says:
April 9 2015 at 9:52 am

A) Yes

b) He came here because he can’t go back to Russia

Jeebus:

Vladimir Putin

Abramovich was the first person to originally recommend to Yeltsin that Vladimir Putin be his successor as the Russian president.[29] When Putin formed his first cabinet as Prime Minister in 1999, Abramovich interviewed each of the candidates for cabinet positions before they were approved.[30] Subsequently Abramovich would remain one of Putin’s closest confidants. In 2007 Putin consulted in meetings with Abramovich on the question of who should be his successor as president – Medvedev was personally recommended by Abramovich.[31]

Chris Hutchins, a biographer of Putin, describes the relationship between the Russian president and Abramovich as like that between a father and a favorite son. Abramovich himself says that when he addresses Putin he uses the Russian language’s formal “Вы” (like Spanish “usted”, German “Sie” or French “vous”), as opposed to the informal “ты” (Spanish “tú”, German “Du” or French “tu”). Abramovich says that the reason is because ‘he is more senior than me’.[32] Within the Kremlin, Abramovich is referred to as “Mr A”.[33]

Berezovsky had problems, yes, Litvinenko, yes, but Abramovich?

Ritchie’s Kremlinology is just as informed as the rest of his oeuvre, eh?

20 thoughts on “Sorry about this but more Ritchie”

  1. What are the chances eh?

    Роман Аркадьевич Абрамович says:
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    April 9 2015 at 11:37 am
    Этопозорное клевета предположить, что я не могу вернуться в Россию ! Какие некультурных хулигана бы такое предложение? Опубликовать опровержение сразу , в противном случае ваш следующий чашка Эрл Грей мог быть ваш последний .

  2. His view on Abramobich’ impact – or in his view, lack of – at Chelsea comes from the same place as Lionel Messi “is exploiting literally millions”.

    What a stupid prick.

  3. What’s stopping Abramovich moving back to Russia and also keeping hold of Chelsea? Is there a Premier League restriction on foreign ownership?

  4. What would stop Abramovich moving back to Russia and also keeping hold of Chelsea? Is there a Premier League restriction on foreign ownership?

  5. ” Is there a Premier League restriction on foreign ownership?”

    Can’t be, surely, given all the other foreign owned and financed clubs. Man Utd is owned by Malcolm Glazer’s six children for example, who are all US citizens, as was he of course.

  6. The wankfest on Murphy’s site about how he single handedly (and most modestly) brought about Labour’s plans to scrap the non-dom rules is sickening.

    Now we are told that 77% of the public approve. How about 2% of the public actually understand the rules?

    It’s like watching a lottery winner claiming he won through his skill at picking the numbers.

  7. @Jim

    That’s what I thought, but wasn’t sure.

    I think that the Scottish FA has some kind of “fit and proper” rule on ownership but I doubt it extends to foreigners…unless the SNP get their way.

  8. Surreptitious Evil

    Rob,

    The left hate rich locals too. Even those who donate to them.

    It is equal opportunity loathing of the successful.

  9. You would use the formal ‘you’ in any situation which required the least formality or respect. If Putin could have me rubbed out for the least infraction I’d use ‘vous’ too, or the Rusdian equivalent.

    English was reduced when it lost the formal ‘you’. I’m assuming it was ‘thou’?

  10. AndyC

    This is the impact of the Left’s long march through the institutions – envy, spite and in the case of this poltroon rank hypocrisy are the order of the day- have to echo SMFS – is there any hope for the future if as stupid a being as Murphycan have the slightest influence over the intellectual climate?

  11. The formal you is “you” (equivalent to the Welsh “chi”.
    The familiar one is “thou” (Welsh “ti”). Thus the Yorkshire saying “Tha shall not thee until th’art thou’d to” meaning “Don’t push your luck by being over-familiar”
    The “usted” form in Spanish (plural “ustedes”) equates to “your excellency” and takes the third person of the verb.

  12. This from the manifesto of Arthur Scargill’s Socialist Labour Party:
    “The policies outlined in this manifesto deal not only with the injustices which currently face our citizens, in particular the young and the old, but also our manifesto deals with the issues of immigration and migration, the first which our Party supports, and the second, which we fundamentally oppose. Economic migration was established by the European Union; it has resulted in chaos not only in Britain but through countries throughout the European Union.”

  13. @Andrew,

    Well, Scargill was and is an unabashed Stalinist. And Stalinist regimes were never fond of migration. Hence the watchtowers, minefields and barbed wire.

  14. If Miliband is in power then Murphy will have an influence. He’s taken seriously by them.

    This is no longer funny.

  15. Johnathan Pearce

    It was mooted that he would be the Alan Walters if Miliband was in power but as other have pointed out, based on even 1 hour in the company of the man this was never really likely, and a string of gaffes as well as the blog has killed it stone dead. In the unlikely event the Greens poll well he would certainly be an economic advisor to that regime.

    However, in reality, he is notoriously tetchy, utterly without humour and takes every criticism as a personal insult, impugning both the motives and character of the critic on almost every occasion. Could anyone (even in a Labour treasury team) work with such a being? Could anyone work with him, period?

  16. “However, in reality, he is notoriously tetchy, utterly without humour and takes every criticism as a personal insult, impugning both the motives and character of the critic on almost every occasion. Could anyone (even in a Labour treasury team) work with such a being? Could anyone work with him, period”

    Sorry, is this Ritchie or Gordon Brown we’re talking about?

  17. GlenDorran

    It could be applied to either, but it was on this occasion Murphy who was the target! – He is one of four people on Twitter to have blocked me – one of the others, the now seen less frequently on this blog Dr. Eoin Clarke blocked me because I replied in an ‘inappropriate fashion to the asinine observation that ‘those who question Gordon Brown’s essential decency cast doubt on their own humanity’ – my riposte of ‘LOL – #comedygold’ did not amuse – but as you say, my description above could easily be applied to Broon’

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