Sunday, July 1, 2012

Explosive Video Documents Depth of Putin's Mafia State | World Affairs Journal

Explosive Video Documents Depth of Putin's Mafia State | World Affairs Journal

Klyuev was now widely identified in the press as the mastermind of the Hermitage scam and the owner of Universal Savings Bank. So he sold the bank to a clothing salesman who had the misfortune, like other patsies associated with this crew, of dying in 2008 by falling off a balcony.

The Interior Ministry exonerated Olga Stepanova and her subordinates, claiming that they had been “tricked” into issuing the refunds. Yet as to how these officials collectively became $43 million richer when their state salaries were in the $10,000 range was apparently uninteresting to Russia’s largest domestic crime agency. As for the stolen money, alas, it was lost forever because, as the Ministry claimed, the truck carrying all the Universal Savings Bank records blew up.

On November 16, 2009, after suffering horribly from severe pancreatitis, Magnitsky was taken to Matrosskaya Tishina prison where he was handcuffed and beaten to death by eight riot guards in an isolation cell. His official cause of death was—what else?—“heart failure.” A year later, the Interior Ministry blamed Magnitsky for the Hermitage tax fraud.


  1. You mean somebody actually went to jail for corruption? How shocking.
    Here in the U.S. it's now all legal thanks to our Supreme Court and their citizens united ruling. No need to watch out for faulty balcony railings.

    1. The only people who go to jail are those who inconvenience the crooks by blowing the whistle on them.
      Yes, nothing is illegal if the laws and regs say it is OK or if the enforcement agencies do not have the money or the support to investigate.


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