After four years in power, Yanukovych was deposed by popular uprising and fled the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv during the night of Feb 21 2014.
He fled to Russia.
He is still there.
the title fight is USA v. Transnational Organized Crime
(left: Ludmila Van Der Zwaan wearing @OscardelaRenta)
A beautiful and wise woman, no doubt. As are most mothers of successful boys.
And here she is on the wedding day of her dear Alex. She looks proud, and she should be. He did very well.
Unless there is a way to launder money while serving as managing director for an international auction house known for selling items of ambiguous value for exorbitant sums of cash.
Assets stripped from the Russian state during and after the collapse of the USSR were redirected to VIPs close to the center of power.
The oligarchs took everything and played poker with the chips while Russian people starved.
The abrupt collapse of the Soviet Union left Russia literally broken and lost.
A mighty empire spanning across Eurasia fell apart.
Russia had to catch up with the world, fast.
To run an illegal business you need protection.
The Russians call it крыша (krysha), meaning “roof”.
Whatever. Cost of doing business, right? Besides, many of them are underpaid cops and the system works.
Iron triangles backed by the state security apparatus