Inside Russian corruption -

Inside Russian corruption

Moscow-based reporter brings the absurdity to life


This brilliant, angry, funny essay on the extremes of Russian corruption comes from an award-winning Moscow-based TV reporter named Andrei Loshak. He starts with the saga of how Russia’s endemic official culture of kickbacks, nepotism and gangsterism finally wore down IKEA’s dogged attempts to import its trademark Scandinavian efficiency and logic. He ends with a cinematic vision of off-the-grid Ural villagers defying the state’s arbitrary repression in an emblematic bid for some sort of dignity and freedom. In between, drunken, destructive police, and the author’s sustaining Russian sense of humour, Loshak’s voice makes this bleak reality feel almost uplifting.

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  1. "What is most interesting is that people working in the public sector are also anti-state in their hearts. If you talk to any policeman or civil servant off the record, you will find levels of resentment, disillusionment and Jacobinism that the classical anarchists could only have dreamed of."

    Wonderful article, thanks for bringing it to our attention.

    This has been my experience as well: I know a bunch of people who work for the government and most of the time they say the regular platitudes about how good government is, how necessary it is. But give them a few drinks and all of a sudden the tales of total and utter incompetence start to flow. It is no wonder so many bureaucrats are depressed, they know they are not very good at their jobs and they are not doing much, if any, good.

    Public servants are barnacles and they know it.