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A Very Matter-of-Fact Interview About the Russian Tradition of Arresting Billionaires...

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Vladimir Yevtushenkov is a hugely wealthy Russian business figure whose Sistema group controls the oil company Bashneft and the mobile phone company MTS. He was put under house arrest this week on charges of money laundering, though there has been some public pushback to his detention and he may or may not have been freed today with a promise not to leave the country. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has an explanatory interview about the arrest with another wealthy Russian, the exiled Yevgeny Chichvarkin. Chichvarkin's straightforward take on the situation—"Crimea was up for grabs; they took it. Bashneft is up for grabs; they will take it, too"—would be funny if it weren't for the fact that the lawlessly plutocratic leader being described (Vladimir Putin) controls one of the most powerful armies in the world. More:

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