Unless you are vastly interested in the subject, you most likely don’t dwell on the current politics of Russia. After spending years worried about a communist invasion, it is nice to be able to relax (somewhat).
But, if you haven’t paid attention, you might not have noticed how Russia is slowly descending into a thugocracy. There is an interesting article in the Economist on Russia’s round up of a lot of oligarchs — the folks who got rich by buying USSR business relics cheaply during the economic transformation of the 90’s.
You can get a taste of it here.