According to the Guardian Putin intended this as “a bloody nose” to France. If so he’s failed. All he’s done is confirm he’s willing to debase the sovereignty of his own country by doing grubby deals in the tax haven market where nothing is of value bar the right of the individual to abuse the state of which they are a natural part.
It’s this bit:
the right of the individual to abuse the state of which they are a natural part.
You, the individual, you don’t get to choose which State you’d like to be a part of. Oh no.
You’re a “natural part” of a State. A State (no doubt a Courageous One) which has the absolute right to pluck you as it wishes. Because, you know, we’re not going to allow any of this individual choice stuff, oh no. No exit allowed from Our State.
We are, truly, slaves to the State.