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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 10:37 AM
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74. FT investigation: A realm fit for a tsar

After people with links to Vladimir Putin gained control of a St Petersburg bank, it grew rapidly amid questionable transactions that suggest a lack of checks and balances on his rule. Now some are seen by many businessmen and bankers as the core of a new generation of Putin-era oligarchs, combining wealth with links to the countrys top leadership just as their predecessors during the Boris Yeltsin years had done. This is despite Mr Putins pledge nearly 12 years ago to eliminate oligarchs as a class

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