KOMMERSANT, RT (Russia)
MOSCOW - Mitt Romney turned heads in both Moscow and Washington diplomatic circles last month when he called Russia the "No. 1 geopolitical foe" of the United States. Despite ongoing tensions between the two countries, the assertion surprised many in light of other, more hostile standoffs around the world.
But now, the Republican presidential candidate's statement risks looking even more dubious with revelations in his family’s tax returns that he and his wife Ann held stocks in two of the largest companies in Russia.
Top Russia business daily Kommersant reports that in 2011 Mitt and Ann Romney acquired, through the trust that manages their money, more than one thousand shares in the Russian energy mega-company, Gasprom, and in the largest Russian internet-search firm Yandex.
The Gasprom shares were purchased in March, 2011 and sold in August, 2011. Interestingly, shares in neither company brought the couple any dividends - both were sold at a loss, Kommersant reports.
Regardless, it would seem that the campaign of President Barack Obama will have extra ammunition to attack both Romney’s foreign policy credentials, and his general character, RT reports.