I’ve read some pretty whacky justifications for the state of affairs in Russia in blog comments before, but this one is new to me:
Putin regime’s re-nationalization of Russian mineral resources was key to restoring political sovereignty of Russian state.
Politically and fiscally, the only option at the time was re-nationalization. Otherwise, Russia would have turned into something like Iraq: American colony in which citizens are tortured and murdered, and women raped at will of occupiers.
Yes, Rosneft and Gazprom had to be granted monopoly rights to develop Russia’s offshore fields in order to prevent Russian women being raped at will by Americans.