If you have followed the news for the last few days, you might have heard this story.
Somali pirates had the misfortune to attack the Russian oil tanker, Moscow University .
The crew sealed itself in the radar room on the ship and called for help.
Most countries in the world respond to situations like these with weakness -- hand wringing, pleading, and eventually the paying of a ransom to the pirates.
However, those countries do not have a leader named Vladimir Putin.
Putin, an oligarch who has near-total control over the Russian economy, decided to send a message to the Somali pirates -- and in a roundabout way -- a message to the rest of the world.
I am Vladimir Putin ...and you will not steal from me!!
Putin ordered the Udaloy-class destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov to deal with the problem.
Russian Commandos quickly took the ship back, killing one of the pirates in the process.
Clearly, the Somali pirates had not seen this YouTube video, where Putin threatens to castrate a journalist.
Somehow, they thought they could steal $50 million dollars worth of oil from this man.