NEWSWATCH: “How to Stop Vladimir Putin’s Mafia; The real enemy is a group of about 100 beneficiaries of the regime and several thousand accomplices” – Wall Street Journal/Mikhail Khodorkovsky

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“… The West’s real enemy – and the enemy of the Russian people too – is a group of about 100 key beneficiaries of the Putin regime, and several thousand of their accomplices, many of whom hold posts in the Federal Security Service and the presidential administration.  Most of these people began their careers in the criminal underworld of St. Petersburg. … Their methods include buying people off, blackmail, murder and phony elections. … Acknowledging the mafia origins …. Identifying the group’s members, cutting them off from their overseas resources, and making their crimes public … is the recipe for success in the confrontation ….”

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