The Autocrats’ Playbook

In 2009, Turkey’s tax ministry imposed a $2.5 billion fine for alleged tax evasion on Dogan Yayin, a media conglomerate whose newspapers and television stations were critical of the Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Under financial and political pressure, the company began unloading some … Continue reading

This blonde is Putin’s new pet

Vladimir Putin seems to have a new favorite — stunning blond Victoria Lopyreva. Miss Russia 2003 has been given the cushy job of official ambassador of the FIFA World Cup, to be held in Russia this summer. Lopyreva flies private to European capitals. In Paris, she posted an Instagram … Continue reading