Monday, November 26, 2012

Shocked to Discover Corruption in the Former Soviet Union?

Uzbekistan and Gulnara Karimova are not household names anywhere in the free world, but this is a big deal in the republics of the former Soviet Union.

Pay to play, and bribes especially, are still the currency of business.

There is a long, proud history of shaking down telecom providers in exchange for the right to fleece consumers who are desperate for any kind of telecommunications service in places like Uzbekistan. And as difficult as it is to believe this, people would prefer to be ripped off by a Swedish company than a state-owned company, even if it's a Karimova who is walking away with the loot.

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