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A penetrating look into the extreme plutocracy Vladimir Putin has created and its implications for Russia's future.

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A penetrating look into the extreme plutocracy Vladimir Putin has created and its implications for Russia's future.

This insightful study explores how the economic system Vladimir Putin has developed in Russia works to consolidate control over the country. By appointing his close associates as heads of state enterprises and by giving control of the FSB and the judiciary to his friends from the KGB, he has enriched his business friends from Saint Petersburg with preferential government deals. Thus, Putin has created a super wealthy and loyal plutocracy that owes its existence to authoritarianism.

Much of this wealth has been hidden in offshore havens in the United States and the United Kingdom, where companies with anonymous owners and black money transfers are allowed to thrive. Though beneficial to a select few, this system has left Russia's economy in untenable stagnation, which Putin has tried to mask through military might.

Russia's Crony Capitalism

The Path from Market Economy to Kleptocracy

Author Anders Aslund

Narrated by Roger Clark

Publication date May 7, 2019

Running time 12 hrs 28 min

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