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HP fined $58.8 million for bribing Russian government officials

  1. A judge last week ordered computer giant Hewlett-Packard to pay $58.8 million in fines for bribing Russian officials in Moscow to win a $45 million contract with the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.

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  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,392   +107

    HP Bad Marketing Strategy Lesson No. 1
    Avoid being caught red handed!
     
  3. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    I guess that's what happens since Russia's laws don't allow lobbyists. Russia hasn't "matured" enough to realize how to legalize bribery.
     
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  4. seefizzle

    seefizzle TS Addict Posts: 278   +142

    Let me translate this story from the original Russian text: "HP fined 58.8 million dollars for doing business in Russia"
     
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,424

    HP didn't pay enough, so Russians decided to rat them out, because it is important in the current situation to show american corporations trying to bribe Russian government as a show of hypocrisy of american principles of fairness, as a way of saying - look, they are trying to advocate moral in our internal conflict while raging their own in the east, all the while trying to bribe us - that's really taking the piss, and we are not going to listen to your garbage about how to sort out things at home.
     
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    Amateurs. What the Russian government is still learning about bribery, we (South Africa) have already forgotten. If they want to be successful next time, consult the people who wrote the book.
     
  7. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,424

    We will just ask Ukrainians. They took $5bn from EU to settle the debt with Russia for gas and then told everyone to f.off, embezzling every last cent of it. Why anyone would want to defend those thieves?
     
  8. Russians aren't smart. We see that in the bogus propaganda they believe. Slava ukraini!
     
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,551   +2,894

    I'm going to lean toward you not knowing who is smart and who is not. If you are going to generalize that way, you can say that for every country around the globe.
     
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  10. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,424

    Screw the Ukrainians - Nazi in disguise! Trying to push the stupidest Ukrainian language into cities where 90% are Russian-speaking, they got what they deserve, and more coming right up yours!
     
  11. True. Only those that believe the propaganda that some spew as fact.

    The Russians in eastern ukraine are welcome to leave at any time. They can go live in squalor in a dictatorship that censors media, silences protests, and keeps the masses quiet through intimidation.
     
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,691   +1,879

    This is actually quite clever. Here the Russians, "allow", American corporations to finance their war effort against the Ukraine. If the US had not applied sanctions against Russia, this wouldn't have even been a blip on the bribery meter.

    And now boys and girls, Russia is as mature as it gets, with respect to participating in internal pay offs. Just join the Communist Party, and you can bribe whomever you choose.

    Since Russia just announced they were no longer going to use US processors, WTF did HP think would happen?

    All the stupid here, (IMHO), is in HP's end of the court.
     
  13. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,424

    I wouldn't advertise your favourite spots to others. Anywhere is better than in a Nazi camp.
     
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,691   +1,879

    I hear Sochi is nice this time of year. Plus, it has the likely benefit of plenty more Russian officials you can get yourself fined for trying to bribe! Do send us a postcard, will ya?
     
  15. noel24

    noel24 TS Maniac Posts: 304   +154

    "Corrupt Russian official" is a so called pleonasm. You just can't make any kind of business out there without paying. I would safely assume that any western company doing business there can be ordered to pay a hefty fine to U.S., U.K. or German budget, for "bribing" Russian "authorities". You just have to pay for as trivial thing as sending a cargo through a customs office there. On the other note, Vitalyi's post about Ukrainians being nazis, mere year after they were "brothers" show how deep propaganda runs in there, even among people educated in English and visiting foreign sites. All because they ousted the (allegedly corrupt) president that was Putin's lapdog. Unless, of course, Vitalyi is a member od Kremlin's digital task force, aimed at control and disruption of spoiled and corrupt western media.
     
  16. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,424

    Snowden beat me to it!
     
  17. Ukraine is at war with Russians for more than hundred years, it cant be the other way with occupants. it always was hidden war. what we see today is another attempt to to overthrow Russian's marionettes (like ex president Yanukovich) in government and attempt to get free from Russian occupation, and since it was successful, Russians just imported their terrorists, and "accidentally lost" some of its military units and while they are there they had to defend them self's by shooting down unknown flying planes and bomb cities "occupied by terrorists" to protect russian speaking people(ofcource they don't care that they kill those russian speaking ppl , ruin their cities and lives)
     

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