January 2nd, 2008

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Life after Putin

To understand the Silovik War, imagine the equivalent of one team consisting of the FBI, the NSA, and the Justice Department, financed by Microsoft and Exxon; versus another team consisting of the CIA, the Secret Service, the Homeland Security Department and the Supreme Court, financed by Lockheed Martin and Google.

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Article linked above is slow going if you're not versed in the intricacies of Russian politics. Fascinating stuff though. Straight up gangster warfare.