If You Canít Receive, Take
Vladimir Putin, the leader of Russia, has seen that Yukos, who was unable to pay an ever inflating tax bill, and whose president is in prison ó many believe for being against Putin ó is now in the hands of friends. How did it work? The government kept levying taxes until the tax was so burdensome that the company was forced into bankruptcy, where it was acquired by a shadow group who miraculously was purchased by another Russian oil company, Friends of Vladimir, you might want to say. As luck would have it, the Russian government approved the deal.