Peter Podkopaev looks at the various estimates of the Russian leader’s wealth – and why they probably come up short.
How should the U.S. respond to Russian interference in its elections?
Don’t be fooled: The Kremlin remains addicted to kleptocracy, says Peter Podkopaev.
David Satter, Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute and Kleptocracy Initiative Advisory Council Member, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs.
On April 27, 2016 KI hosted the English-language premiere of “Who Is Mr. Putin?” Based on investigations by journalists Anastasia Kirilenko and Vladimir Ivanidze, the film documents the origins of Putin’s private wealth and rise to power.
How do the levers of corruption operate in Russia, who is in charge, and what are the geopolitical implications for the United States and its allies?
Vladimir Yakunin is voluntarily stepping down from his position as president of state-owned Russian Railways. Yakunin is a member of the Ozero Dacha Cooperative, a tight-knit group of Putin’s inner circle. With no heir apparent to Russian Railways, Yakunin’s departure may well be a signal of infighting within the Kremlin elite.
Publicly and continuously documenting this corruption—this fundamental contradiction in the Putin regime—strikes at the heart of Putin’s power.
“After a brief interval of freedom, Russia’s media seem back at a place they escaped from in the late 1980s: the doorway of a censor whose permission to publish is mandatory. The only difference is that now the “New Censorship” is no longer a purely external means of controlling the media. In Russia it has become part of their very nature. . .”