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True story, though extremely brief here: during an economic/community development project I steered into Siberia, I was threatened daily for several months.  Pressure was thinly covered, from FSB (KGB.)  The aim was to shake loose US$30K -- extortion, in other words -- on the hypothesis that if I could source a few million US dollars for a development program, $30K was nothing.

Ultimately, a KGB boss showed up with four henchmen with machine guns at my flat and tossed me in jail for refusing to pay.  I refused because it was illegal to pay bribes or extortion monies (I am staunchly, and maybe eventually even fatally, anti-corruption.)  To be clear: I was imprisoned in Russia for refusing to break the law.  That was five year ago.

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by US expat Ukraine on Thu Jan 5th, 2006 at 11:17:00 PM EST
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