Putin may have gotten his start with a bit of help from the Cali cocaine cartel.
Back in the mid-1990s when Putin was deputy mayor of the city of the city of St. Petersburg, he was on the advisory board of a company named SPAG, meant to encourage foreign investment in Russian real estate.
|Cali cartel leaders.|
The 1990s were a time in Russia of wild corruption and savage, unhindered capitalism and in Colombia of powerful drug cartels, so it's no surprise that the two hooked up.
The Colombia-Russia cocaine connection continues, as occasional news reports point out. And, some of the deals still involve important Russian businessmen.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours