Political capitalism and corruption in Russia

The Western press has been flooded with the reports ont he Russian mafia, and the corruption scandals of the highest echelons of the Russian bureaucracy. This is not exaggerration. It is strange, however, that the Western press only discovered the scale of Russian corruption after the collapse of the Rouble in 1998. We have reason to believe that the experts had been in the knowledge of the dark side of transition before the financial crisis as well.