Who’s Who on Putin’s Payroll?

The role of Germany’s ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder as a paid proxy for Russia is well known. But many American luminaries, including Henry Kissinger and James A. Baker, have gotten in on the act as well, offering the Obama administration policy advice that is just what the Kremlin ordered.

MOSCOW – Germany’s ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is a legend in Russia. He serves Gazprom’s interests for a measly couple of million euros a year, sits in at sessions of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and writes books about his staunch friendship with “Genosse Wladimir,” who, in the not-so-distant past, earned himself the well-deserved nickname of “Stasi” among business circles in gangster-ridden St. Petersburg.