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Why Russia no longer fears the West. It’s the offshore, stupid

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Photo: kremlin.ru, creative commons

If there’s one story you read today make it this one, from Politico Magazine. It’s triggered by the crisis in Ukraine, but it’s been a long time coming.

The point of this short story is clear: Western leaders are waking up to the fact that Russia no longer fears or even respects them. Why? Well:

“Russia thinks the West is no longer a crusading alliance. Russia thinks the West is now all about the money.”

Anonymous UK company owned Viktor Yanukovych’s presidential palace compound

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Ukrainians queue to see their ex-President’s private residence, 23 February 2014. Photo credit: Aleksandr Andreiko, Creative Commons

From Global Witness – see also Daily Mail and The Independent.

Update: see also this important blog, looking at the national security implications of all this corruption.

Anonymous UK company owned Viktor Yanukovych’s presidential palace compound

1 March 2014

The private residence of the newly-toppled president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, has come to be seen as a monument to decadence.[i]  When Yanukovych fled, the security personnel around the palace also left, and hundreds of ordinary Ukrainians were, for the first time, able to see the extravagance of the place for themselves. 

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