How corrupt is Russia?

This corrupt.. Government-connected raiders use police to arrest business owners on bogus charges then force the owner to sign over their business to them else in return for being released. This happens “thousands” of times a year in Moscow, according to the Moscow Times.

Robert Amsterdam, lawyer for jailed oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, posted this video showing brutal beatings by guards in a Russian prison camp. The beatings appear to be random with the deliberate intention of terrifying the inmates. While anything emanating from the den of snakes that is the oligarchs should be treated cautiously, the video seems authentic.

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2 Responses to How corrupt is Russia?

  1. Brother Tim Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 11:20 pm #

    Coming to a Halliburton Detention Center near you.

    Anything the Ruskys can do, we can do better.

  2. James Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 8:57 am #

    Robert Amsterdam also runs a pretty popular blog on Russia, including other posts about Russia’s “Torture Zones” and other news from the former Soviet Union: