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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 vital questions.Second, is every oligarch worthy of suspicion?The most common definition of an oligarch is a person whose wealth depends on political connections – particularly to Russian President Vladimir Putin. On its so-called Putin list – a sanctions watch list created last January – the U.S. Treasury identified 96 "oligarchs" based on the mere fact that they are worth more than $1 billion.Some wealthy Russians who benefited from Kremlin connections in the past have already fled Russia, and are now doing business in the West or living there in exile.Former Bank of Moscow President Andrey Borodin has received political asylum in the U.K. Yevgeny Chichvarkin, a former mobile phone tycoon, has actively campaigned against Putin since fleeing Russia in 2009 . In such cases, the oligarchs in question are clearly acting as loyal servants to Putin's regime.
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