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EDITORIAL: Putin’s Mafia Don for the Kiddies

EDITORIAL

Putin’s Mafia Don for the Kiddies

Vasily Yakemenko (center) goes to Camp

We learned recently that Vasily Yakemenko, the founder of the pro-Putin youth cult Nashi and Putin’s director of youth policy, has an extensive background in organized crime.  Vedemosti reported that in 1994 he founded a company called Akbars along with five partners, each of whom was a convicted racketeer in the Complex 29 mafia group based in Tatarstan, one of the bloodiest criminal groups in Russia.  Vedemosti learned about this event from a government database.

To say we were not surprised is the mother of all overstatements.

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