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Crimea: Corruption Fueling Feud Between Local and Federal Elites

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with the head of Crimea's government, Sergei Aksenov, in the Kremlin. Putin reportedly had to personally intervene this month in the conflict between Aksenov's government and Russian federal agencies, including the powerful Federal Security Service. (Photo: Russian Presidential Press Service)

It appears that a power struggle is intensifying in Russia-annexed Crimea revolving around graft. The infighting pits local officials against Russian federal agencies, including the powerful Federal Security Service.
 
The conflict remains unresolved, and given the players involved, the outcome remains unpredictable. The first signs of trouble began in late June with a wave of high-profile arrests and statements about corruption in Crimea. The FSB, the successor to the Soviet-era KGB, has opened criminal cases against three prominent Crimean officials: Andrei Skrynnik, the peninsula’s minister of industrial policies; Nikolai Kochanov, the region’s tax inspection chief; and Dmitri Petrov, the port chief of Yalta. According to Russian media reports, additional criminal cases against other high-profile local officials were likely.
 

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