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Power Graft

Is Vladimir Putin really cracking down on corruption? Or just putting on a pre-election show?



SHOWTIME A recent spate of high-profile arrests have allowed Putin to boost his anticorruption credentials ahead of the election.

“Xi believes the world should accommodate China, not the other way around.”

IT WAS JUST BEFORE DAWN IN EARLY FEBRUARY when heavily armed officers from Russia’s FSB security service raided a mansion in Dagestan, a volatile republic in the southern part of the country. The mansion belonged to Abdusamad Gamidov, the Kremlin-installed leader of Dagestan. As the officers searched his residence, they discovered a startling display of wealth. There were designer watches, rare furs, a stuffed tiger and even a gold-plated handgun with the first three letters of the leader’s surname carved into its handle.

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