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Vladimir Putin toasts military leaders at a Kremlin banquet

GIS Dossier: Corruption and political stabilization in Russia

While corruption has spurred political change in Latin America, it remains the basic currency of power in many other parts of the world. This is particularly evident in post-communist regimes like Russia, where private fortunes can be amassed and confiscated at the whim of a tiny elite. This appropriation of resources helps shore up the regime, even as it undermines Russia’s long-term future as a great power.

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