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Good Oligarch, Bad Oligarch

The West needs to develop a more nuanced approach to identifying which Russian oligarchs deserve heightened scrutiny and possibly punishment. If the West really wants to hurt Putin’s regime, giving oligarchs an incentive to take their money and leave is a lot more effective than punishing those Putin considers his enemies.

MOSCOW – With concern growing in the United States and Europe over Russia’s so-called oligarchs and the money they have stashed abroad, it is worth considering two fundamental questions. First, who qualifies as an oligarch? And, second, does every oligarch deserve to be regarded with suspicion?