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Bad signs from Russia

Leon Aron of the American Enterprise Institute, considers what the arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the chief executive and principal owner of Russia’s largest oil company, Yukos, means. He was charged with with tax evasion, fraud, forgery and embezzlement. "It has exposed the complex and deep divisions within the elite and the public alike about the nature of state control over the economy, the role of big business in politics and the influence of personal wealth in what still is a poor society." Arons says that this means, "’If we don’t like you, how can you be rich?’ That is the message that the state bureaucracy intends to send with Mr. Khodorkovsky’s arrest. Other oligarchs, as well as hundreds of thousands of owners of smaller businesses, must take heed."

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