An oligarch and his silovik

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The hilariously corrupt relationship between Jerry Jones and Chris Christie would be described in the most lurid terms by the US press if it were occurring in Russia. Jones is, without doubt, an oligarch, and Christie is his political ally, what in the Russian political system is called a silovik — which in that system also connotes a background in the security services, military, or secret police, who share that background with Putin. The analogy is not perfect in Christie’s case, but he was a prosecutor, so he represents the other half of the classic Law & Order dichotomy. But the prosecutors, it turns out, are cheaper to buy than the cops.

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