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Russia: Changing of the Guard: A Purge Around Putin?

In the last two weeks, several veteran associates of President Vladimir Putin have found themselves embroiled in media coverage highlighting their luxurious lifestyles. Photos of Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin’s wife Olga were linked to a $150mn yacht sailing in the Mediterranean. First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov was shown to own a $50mn business jet that his family apparently used to fly their corgis to attend dog shows in Europe. And Russian Customs Service head Andrei Belyaninov’s house was raided by the FSB, revealing opulent interiors and a rack of shoe boxes stuffed with wads of currency notes.

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