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You're reading: Ukraine and Russia as neo-Soviet mafia states

A 2006 cable released by WikiLeaks described Ukraine’s Party of Regions as “long a haven for Donetsk-based mobsters and oligarchs…” Harding discusses 10 criteria that make Russia a mafia state. All 10 apply to Ukraine. Hence, Ukraine is also a neo-Soviet mafia state.

First, the security services (FSB in Russia, SBU in Ukraine) are over-manned successors to the Soviet KGB and all-powerful.

Second, they draw on a Soviet political culture of xenophobia, spy-mania and conspiracy theories where the FSB and SBU assume foreigners to be spies.

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