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Russia has reportedly hired a man to develop its national payments system, days after the alleged mastermind of one of the country's biggest pharmacy spam networks was granted early parole. The criminal allegations following Pavel Vrublevsky were prodigious but were largely denied or unconfirmed by the 35 year-old Moscow …


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  1. veti Silver badge

    In post-Soviet Russia...

    ... spammer pays you.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      post-Soviet Russia...

      Giving Somalia a run for it's money in the corruption World Series.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Another crim ...

    to join the others "running" the country

  3. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
    Thumb Up

    What can go wrong?


    He will easily liaise with Wall Street types, Banksters, Hedge Fund Operators and other riffraff.

  4. Michael H.F. Wilkinson

    Going Postal ...

    springs to mind. As does "Making Money"

    Although in this case one wonders if the "angel" was bought. After all, I would hesitate to equate Havelock Vetinari to Vladimir Putin. Someone might raise an eyebrow at that

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Going Postal ...

      Don't know.

      Command of foreign languages - check.

      What is the KGB if not the Assassin's Guild?

      Belief in a system of government in which various power centres are played off against one another, but the ruler controls both the secret police (Vetinari's clerks) and the elite police - check.

      Lady Margoletta von Uberwald - Bundeskanzlerin Frau Doktor Angela Merkel

      Certainly comparing Putin to Havelock Vetinari is, if anything, complimentary. Vetinari is the only politician in the books, other than Brutha, who keeps his position while dragging his State into the modern era.

      This is proving almost fruitful an analogy as the history of Germany in the last part of the 19th century, with Putin in the von Bismarck role.

      1. Velv
        Paris Hilton

        Re: Going Postal ...

        I haven't been, but I believe you'll never struggle to find a Seamstress in the lobby of a Moscow hotel.

        1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

          Re: Going Postal ...

          But just you try getting a button sewn back on...

  5. jake Silver badge

    Nothing to go wrong there, then ...

    A dude known for separating fools from their money working for the .gov

    I think I'll stay well away from Russia's National Payment System. Seems prudent. Once a spcammer, always a spcammer.

    YMMV, but don't come crying to me when (not if!) you get bit.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Nothing to go wrong there, then ...

      unfortunately, dear comrade, while you, a dweller of free-world (see Ts&Ts) can shun the Russia's National Payment System, the people(s) of Russia can not, as there is no other.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Nothing to go wrong there, then ...

      > A dude known for separating fools from their money working for the .gov

      Tony Abbott ?

  6. DJO Silver badge

    When a poacher is given a job as gamekeeper he is normally expected to give up the poaching, not in Russia it seems.

    1. Velv

      Frank Abagnale - poacher turned gamekeeper. See, it worked. Once.

  7. foo_bar_baz

    More proof

    Russia is an alien world that defies understanding.

    1. Bloakey1

      Re: More proof

      I totally agree old chap, it could never happen in the West.

      Cough, errr, hmmmm. Werner Von Braun, Frank Abagnale, Ishii Shiro etc. the list sadly goes on and includes old Osama as well.

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