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Anders Aslund, economist says Putin has 'dictatorial control'

Mar 18: Russia is not governed by rule of law, but by rival factions of the former secret service, the KGB, according to Anders Aslund, economist and former adviser to President Boris Yeltsin. He tells Quentin Peel, FT international affairs editor that the current authoritarian system has its origins in Boris Yeltsiin's political actions in the 1990s. He believes that under Vladimir Putin's successor, president Dmitry Medvedev, some top-ranking KGB players may leave the Kremlin. Anders Aslund is a senior fellow of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and author of Russia's Capitalist Revolution: Why Market Reform Succeeded and Democracy Failed.