Just in case you were feeling all happy about the book giveaway, let me bring you down to earth by pointing you to Law and Order in Russia, a website set up by Hermitage Capital Management in memory of their noble Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky. Do read his story, it’s horrific, and I hope it shames the Russian government to do more than simply fire major general Anatoly Mikhalkin of the Moscow Interior Ministry (although that’s a good start).
It’s quite amazing, the way in which the Russian police — with full impunity — managed to steal a whopping $230 million which Hermitage had paid in taxes in 2006. Magnitsky seems to have been unexpected collateral damage. Do spread this story: it shows in the most visceral way just how lawless Russia really is.
(Many thanks to Jesse Eisinger for the heads-up.)