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For Russia, Corruption Leads to Ever-Worse Outcomes

Corruption in the Russian Federation was always endemic.  It grew so much worse that the state seized territory elsewhere.  Now even conquest won’t pay the bills: During “peacetime,” Russias state capitalism was built on the principle of competition for access to administrative resources. Those who were “closest to the center” won that struggle and used their positions to halt further competition for these resources.…

Crony capitalism an election issue…in India

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has used the emergence of Priyanka Gandhi as a star election campaigner for the troubled Congress to criticise the wealth amassed by her businessman husband and score points in a wrangle over crony capitalism. Cozy ties between business and politics are a big issue in the elections after a run…

Blogs complement journalists in Russia

Rather than simply deprecate bloggers’ work, press-restricted Russians know that they gain vital news from intrepid electronic pamphleteers: ….two Russian bloggers, Sergei Mukhamedov and Irina Gundareva, who use their blogs to expose corruption and challenge the established order in the different areas in which they live. Mukhamedov is based in Moscow and says he set…