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American's fight to expose corruption in Russia
CBS News ^ | February 16, 2014 | Scott Pelley

Posted on 02/17/2014 8:27:41 AM PST by Uncle Chip

Russia has been showing the world glistening scenes of the Winter Olympics.

It's a rare opportunity to brighten a national image that often skates on the thin ice of corruption.

One authority estimates that 20 percent of the Russian economy is skimmed by graft and a lot of that by government officials.

It may be that no one knows more about this than American-born businessman Bill Browder.

Browder tells a story of thievery, vengeance and death worthy of a Russian novel.

He's a thorn in the side of Vladimir Putin and he has torn a rift between Moscow and Washington. When you hear what he has to say about Russia you'll know why Russia thinks of Bill Browder as an enemy of the state.

Bill Browder: The Russian regime is a criminal regime. We're dealing with a nuclear country run by a bunch of Mafia crooks. And we have to know that.

Bill Browder wanted us to know he’s dedicated his life and his wealth to putting certain Russian officials in prison. In Russia, there’s a warrant out for Browder’s arrest, but that is not what worries him....

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Conspiracy
KEYWORDS: browder; corruption; cultureofcorruption; irs; lavendermafia; magnitsky; mediabullies; obamascandals; pinkjournalism; ratherbiased; russia; seebsnews; smidgen; sovietreunion
While Putin's Olympics were on NBC, this expose' of Putin's Russia was on CBS.
1 posted on 02/17/2014 8:27:41 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Anything to avoid mentioning the corruption parked on the backs of Americans like a truck.


2 posted on 02/17/2014 8:29:20 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Uncle Chip

Shouldn’t we concentrate more on corruption in Mexico?


3 posted on 02/17/2014 8:29:20 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: Uncle Chip

HEY! Look over there. Corruption over there.

[did they stop looking at us yet?]


4 posted on 02/17/2014 8:31:06 AM PST by DManA
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To: Uncle Chip

I have never laughed out loud at a headline but by Golly that one was laugh out loud funny. And sad.


5 posted on 02/17/2014 8:32:14 AM PST by karatemom
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To: Uncle Chip

“...One authority estimates that 20 percent of the Russian economy is skimmed by graft and a lot of that by government officials....”

Near as I can tell, that’s about 30% lower than that of our “gubmit”.


6 posted on 02/17/2014 8:32:29 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Uncle Chip; GeronL

It only took SeeBS News 70 years to see that Russia was a dishonest corrupt place!


7 posted on 02/17/2014 8:32:39 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: cripplecreek
Anything to avoid mentioning the corruption parked on the backs of Americans like a truck.

CBS needs to take care of the plank in their eye, first.

8 posted on 02/17/2014 8:33:25 AM PST by Parmy
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To: DManA

Did SeeBs bother to report that convicted corrupt mayor Ray Nagin was a Democrat or that he was the guy in charge when New Orleans flooded and things went from bad to much worse?


9 posted on 02/17/2014 8:34:20 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Uncle Chip
Soviets/Ceebs/0'Muslim, have already taken it down.

10 posted on 02/17/2014 8:36:12 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: Parmy

Jumping up and down screaming “Look over there” is no different than what Hugo Chavez did to prevent growing anger from being directed in his direction.


11 posted on 02/17/2014 8:37:08 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: a fool in paradise
CBS Lie photo SeeBSLies.gif
12 posted on 02/17/2014 8:38:11 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: Uncle Chip

Gee, CBS was always talking about what a great place Russia was and how great the Russian leaders were. Now they finally admit there was some corruption 10 to 15 years ago which they did not report on back then.

CBS has also refused to report on the increasing corruption in the U.S. They are pathetic.


13 posted on 02/17/2014 8:39:09 AM PST by detective
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To: DManA

The pot and the kettle mentality. What a way to divert attention off of our own corrupt government.


14 posted on 02/17/2014 8:39:47 AM PST by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: Uncle Chip

hey look! another hit piece directed at Russia due to their opposition to homo propaganda inflicted on children

what’s wrong with those Russians? they must be forced to allow little Johnny the wonderment of uncle franks summer camping trip with the boys

/sarc


15 posted on 02/17/2014 8:39:55 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: cripplecreek

Man, you said it.


16 posted on 02/17/2014 8:40:41 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Uncle Chip
I'll begin to care what CBS has to say when they start investigating corruption closer to home - like in Washington DC, for example.

Sorry, CBS. You have no credibility.

17 posted on 02/17/2014 8:43:20 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Uncle Chip

” Most Transparent Administration Ever” !
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGNgDStJfzs


18 posted on 02/17/2014 8:44:27 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Uncle Chip

We have the most corruption we have the Democrat party and nobody can top that.


19 posted on 02/17/2014 8:46:08 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Busko

There’s corruption in Russia.

In other astonishing news, in Muscatine Iowa a dog bit a man.


20 posted on 02/17/2014 8:49:27 AM PST by DManA
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To: Uncle Chip

CBS? CBS News? They want to expose corruption in Russia?
I would think the Pulitzer brass ring would be a lot lower on the tree in Washington District of Corruption.


21 posted on 02/17/2014 8:56:13 AM PST by Tupelo (I am feeling more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: a fool in paradise

lol.


22 posted on 02/17/2014 8:58:53 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Uncle Chip

Only 20%? I guess the Russians are just jealous of the Washington racket that skims upwards of 50% of the GDP for legal plunder through taxes and cronyism. Even the mafia types would be jealous of the fed “protection” shakedown racket.


23 posted on 02/17/2014 9:04:06 AM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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The moneylines of the interview:

Scott Pelley: How did it make sense to you to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into these companies if you knew that the management was stealing from the bottom line?

Bill Browder: We said to ourselves if we can own them cheap on a profit after stealing basis and we can stop the stealing then they’ll be even cheaper and therefore we can make a lot of money.

Scott Pelley: Stopping the stealing was a way of padding your bottom line?

Bill Browder: I had the best job in the world which was making money and doing good at the same time. There’s very few jobs that you can actually do that in.

According to Browder, it turned out there were some crooked guys in the Russian tax service—their version of the IRS. Nineteen months after Browder was deported a squad of police raided his office and the offices of his lawyer. The police left with the ownership documents for the companies. Those documents were then used to reincorporate his companies under new owners. Browder says it’s part of a scheme by an organized crime group consisting of tax service bureaucrats, police, bankers and lawyers.


24 posted on 02/17/2014 9:05:12 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip
One authority estimates that 20 percent of the Russian economy is skimmed by graft and a lot of that by government officials.

They are pikers when compared to American politicians - perhaps SeeBS should try to expose local corruption...

25 posted on 02/17/2014 9:18:34 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> American-born businessman Bill Browder: The Russian regime is a criminal regime. We’re dealing with a nuclear country run by a bunch of Mafia crooks. And we have to know that.

Thanks Uncle Chip.


26 posted on 02/17/2014 12:28:58 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

We should look at corruption in the USA—especially the things coming out of Washington DC—it makes Russia look pure as driven snow.


27 posted on 02/17/2014 2:07:00 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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