“A Tale of Two Cities”: Corruption in Prague and Moscow compared

“Influence-peddling, embezzlement of government funds, the (ab)use of state intelligence agents to snoop on personal rivals; the police swoop, politicians and powerful government officials are arrested and the prime minister, while personally not involved, takes responsibility for what happened on his watch and resigns. Moscow? Hardly: this is Prague.”

In my latest column for Russia! magazine, I consider what lessons the Czech’s treatment of their current–very real–corruption problem could hold for the Russian government. If it is serious about dealing with corruption systemically and from the top down. Which, sadly, I very much doubt.

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  1. We’re going through much the same thing in Montreal, not only the mayor but the mayor appointed to be his successor have been indited under charges of corruption. Believing that it is only a “European” or “Middle Eastern” problem is an unfortunately North American viewpoint. Corruption is everywhere, at every level of society.

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