“Nowadays it’s cheaper to bribe a judge than to kill a journalist.”

A journalist friend of mine has been reporting on corruption. Specifically two types:

1) “Veteran” Land grabs. Corrupt oligarchs are partnering with real and fake veterans to take advantage of a land-donation privilege which has been extended to veterans of the war with Russia.

2) Illegal lumber. Corrupt gangsters team up with everybody from cheap local labor, to the forestry service, to the police, to the prosecutor, to the local governor. Everyone makes money.

I asked him if exposing such corruption may be a threat to his safety. He shrugged it off. “Nowadays it’s cheaper to bribe a judge than to kill a journalist.”

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