Putin and the Oligarch

Putin and the Oligarch

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The arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the head of the Yukos oil company, in October 2003, was a key turning point in modern Russian history. From being one of the world's richest and most powerful men, Khodorkovsky became Putin's prisoner. After two controversial trials, attracting widespread international condemnation, Khodorkovsky was sentenced to fourteen years in jail. In this book, Richard Sakwa examines the rise and fall of Yukos and considers the relationship between Putin's state and big business during Russia's traumatic shift from the Soviet planned economy to capitalism, as well as Russia's emergence as an energy superpower. The attack on Khodorkovsky had - and continues to have - far-reaching political and economic consequences but it also raises fundamental questions about the quality of freedom in Putin's Russia as well as in the world at large.A new model of political economy was to emerge in which the notion of an a#39; oligarcha#39; as a politically independent entrepreneur was to ... The anti-oligarch campaign was accompanied by suspicions that one set of tycoons was using the lawanbsp;...

Title:Putin and the Oligarch
Author: Richard Sakwa
Publisher:I.B.Tauris - 2014-02-28

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