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The Terror Within

As organised crime continues to spread its tentacles, a corrupt and co-opted administration seems hardly up to the challenge

The Terror Within
The Terror Within
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AMERICAN businessman Paul Tatum, co-owner of the luxury Radisson Slavyanskaya hotel and president of the American business centre, was gunned down just a few yards from the hotel on November 4 night. After shooting him 11 times with a Kalashnikov semi-automatic rifle, the killer fled, leaving the gun on the scene. Tatum was a pioneer of foreign investment in Russia and, besides leaving the entire foreign business community in Russia in shock, his murder has once again highlighted the crime and violence in the country. So much so that a leading liberal daily, Izvestia, made the exasperated contention that Russia is no longer a state, but just a collection of mafia rings, big and small.

In his first televised address after his July re-election, President Boris Yeltsin had promised the nation that the crackdown on crime and corruption would be "one of the main directions of my work". However, four months later his statement remains a vague promise. While crime and lawlessness are running rampant, security bosses in their...

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