Interesting read (from 2011), and partly recognisable from my work in the region. (via Stowe Boyd)

Read a post (openDemocracy)

Since the 1990s, post-Soviet elites have used manipulation, corruption and the government machine to maintain their grip on power. But with countries’ paths diverging over time and with little opposition to speak of in many cases, Andrew Wilson asks: why is there still a need for these dark arts?

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