Well who am I to argue with you, a person who speaks to Putin on a daily bases, would certainly have more insight into his decision making than I.<quoted text>
The bottom line is that Putin is not deterred by the ridiculous sanctions. He is just not bothered by them thats why he is essentially thumbing his nose at Obama. Im certain he knows it is symbolic and what he is saying is that the sanctions are maeningless to him.
I, a person offering and opinion based on logical conclusions for his motivation.
Personally I think Putin took a huge risk among his own people by doing this.
B/C Gorbachev came to power in 1986 by a decree that the Government quit screwing with the radio stations.
Maybe you and Putin see that differently than I do, why don't you ask him, and get back to me on that one?