Doesn't look like those sanctions are taking much of a bite out of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum. Looks like most of the corporate Big Dogs from the Nations of Virtue plan to be there, sanctions or no sanctions.
That makes Big Steve's histrionics re the evil Putin look even more ludicrous.
But not as ludicrous as the school of thought that blames Putin for anti-fracking protests in the virtuous west.
No matter the merits of Russia's claim to Crimea; the more Putin is identified with anti-fracking and anti- GMO ag, the more popular he will become among progressives in the West.