Putting on my tin foil hat, I wonder how much money the Russian oligarchs made off of insider trading on the events in Ukraine. The Russian decision-makers could have easily guessed how the markets would react to the crisis, they are savvy enough to make big bets, and I can't imagine there are any laws or law enforcers that would prevent them from taking a large profit. While profit may be a minor benefit in the minds of the Russians, I doubt the oligarchs would pass up the opportunity to make a little money. Doubling up on the layers of tin foil, might management of the events in Ukraine be designed to maximize profits? Then we might see cycles of threatening actions causing markets to dive, followed by conciliatory moves producing market recoveries, with the Russians laughing all the way to the bank.So, am I completely in looney-tunes territory, or could market manipulation be playing a significant role in the events?
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