ppc_newbie - 6:41 am on Dec 10, 2010 (gmt 0)
It looks like you are referring to an "older" PayPal quote from a few days ago. The Huffington Post shows that story as Dec. 4
The link that I posted "PayPal Admits State Department Pressure" that also appears on the Huffington Post was Dec. 8(4 days later)was made by Osama Bedier, VP of platform, mobile and new ventures.
re. Visa & MasterCard
Seems that the USA lobbied Russia on behalf of Visa & MasterCard.
Maybe there is a little back scratching going on there?