Bloomberg View said:
There is a measure of poetic justice in the decision. Although published today, it was handed down in the Netherlands the day after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was downed, apparently by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. The Netherlands had more victims on the flight than any other country.
Although the ruling has nothing to do with Putin's new geopolitical assertiveness, it punishes the Russian leader for a similarly aggressive approach to domestic policy during his first and second terms in power, from 2000 to 2008. In effect, the court, which was established to resolve international disputes, told Putin that, in the modern world, you can't seize property without compensating the owners.
Edited by questionmark, 28 July 2014 - 03:52 PM.