The Russian “Enlightenment”

It’s often amazing to me the things that dictators care about and the lengths they will go to accomplish arbitrary ends.

Submitted for your consideration is the case of Vladimir Putin and his childhood judo buddy.

While the whole article is fascinating, the cliff notes version is that Pooty arranged a firesale of an educational publishing company called “Enlightenment” to his old judo pal and then used the educational bureaucracy to massively reduce the firm’s competition in the Russian textbook market.

And the cherry on top is that the company published a classic book called “Let’s learn judo with Vladimir Putin” which was co-authored by….. you guessed it, Pooty his own good self.

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