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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Criminal Power

Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky gives his opinion on the appointment of businessman Boris Berezovsky to Russia's Security Council.

"It is not worth discussing Mr. Berezovsky's personality -- this does not play any role in the given situation. This is not the issue. This appointment is testimony to the continuation of a tendency: giving jobs to political activists of the president's election campaign. ... If we take a broader view, then this is the corporate, nomenclature way of forming powerful structures, of further privatizing power. Now there is an oligarchic, criminal, monopolistic power. ...

"Today, the Security Council cannot influence a thing, [the council's new head Ivan] Rybkin's presence means the absence of a Security Council. However, it can seriously do a great deal of harm in Chechnya if it goes the way of criminal deals and military bureaucratic decisions."