Renaissance Putin

From the Independent’s Shaun Walker, via HuffPo:

In the past year he’s been painting pictures, singing songs, and demonstrating his expert judo moves. This week Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will complete a clean sweep of the artistic disciplines after turning his hand to writing. Mr Putin’s first ever column for a Russian media outlet will be published on Friday, entitled “Why it’s hard to fire people”.  (…)

“Conflicts within a team, especially within a big team, always arise,” writes Mr Putin, in extracts leaked to a Russian news agency. “This happens every minute, every second – simply because between people there are always clashes of interest.”

Can’t wait to read that one tomorrow.  It’s very kind of the Prime Minister to share his experience and advice on how to handle firings, given that most Russian companies are going to do quite a lot of them this year.