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Putin has always been thuggish and has long used political homicides as an instrument of state policy. He, Kim, to a slightly lesser Erdogan, and MBS are soul mates in that regard. Don't expect change while they remain in power. One can only hope that they will turn  on each other or fall victim to the same tactics themselves.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Apr 10th, 2021 at 07:27:08 PM EST
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I doubt they'll fall out. The plan is to remake Western governments in their image. These extreme nationalists all understand each other - and I'd add Netanyahu, Modi, and Jinping to the list.

Putin is particularly dangerous. The Trump Coup nearly succeeded, and it's unlikely that will be his last attempt to install a puppet government in the US. Just as Brexit won't be his last attempt to install a compliant far-right nationalist regime in the EU.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Apr 10th, 2021 at 11:00:06 PM EST
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Hold the Jokes, Please: Aeroflot Buffs Its Image | NY Times - June 25, 1997 | [cached]

CFO of Aeroflot is Nikolai Glushkov, who is also acting chairman of Logovaz, a leading media and oil conglomerate founded by Boris A. Berezovsky. Mr. Berezovsky, who handed control of Logovaz over to Mr. Glushkov when he became deputy secretary of the National Security Council, is a business leader who helped to bankroll Mr. Yeltsin's re-election campaign last summer. Mr. Berezovsky's companies are a symbol of the cozy co-dependence between big business and the Kremlin.

Family members of Yeltsin were well cared for. The risks came much later in the Putin era. Berezovsky lost out too in London in a feud with the Chelsea magnate who is now exiled in Tel Aviv. Great stuff.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 23rd, 2021 at 08:48:41 PM EST
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