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Russian Oligarchs

NPR's Michele Kelemen reports from the industrial city of Norilsk, Russia, on the so-called oligarchs, the men who own large companies in Russia. Norilsk Nickel, a massive empire, is an example of the kind of Soviet-era corporations that were sold off to private hands, often under shady circumstances. The new oligarchs are accused of taking advantage of post-Soviet instability, and of draining wealth out of Russia.

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