In the Soviet Union, money did not equal power: For the nomenklatura (Soviet elite), almost everything was free but State-owned. The USSR may have gone through several periods of shortages in its history, but having the right Party contacts proved to be an even cannier strategy for survival than stashing heaps of rubles under your mattress. This did not just apply to bureaucrats, but to their families too, and also to Soviet “celebrities” – writers, astronauts, sportspeople, etc. According to dissident Mikhail Voslensky, author of the 1984 tell-all Nomenklatura , this extended to some three million people by the 1980s. As Joseph Stalin’s daughter Svetlana once recounted, not a penny of her father’s salary ever left his desk. Cars The top end of the Soviet nomenklatura were given the country’s finest cars, usually in the form of a GAZ Volga (the Soviet equivalent of a Mercedes-Benz), a vehicle luxurious enough for President Vladimir … [Read more...] about Did Soviet government officials live in luxury?
The son of a Chinese government official has been jailed for beating his girlfriend "from head to toe" after a judge rejected the victim's appeal for leniency. Hartao Pan, 25, was captured on CCTV at The Heron skyscraper in central London as he dragged 23-year-old Jinghan Zhang out of a cupboard before launching the ten-minute attack. Pan repeatedly kicked her in the body and the face and when she fled to the bathroom and locked the door, he grabbed a knife and repeatedly stabbed the wooden panel in a scene compared to horror film 'The Shining' by the court. The Old Bailey heard how Pan attacked his girlfriend after finding out she had messaged another man on WhatsApp. He was arrested after she managed to run out of the flat and tell a receptionist to call the police while Pan was distracted by a phone call he was making having failed to gain access to the bathroom. But Miss Zhang, who is studying film at Goldsmiths University, has since given her support for her … [Read more...] about Son of Chinese government official jailed for beating girlfriend despite her pleas for a lenient sentence
The government conference in progress MINSK, 13 April (BelTA) – Top government officials are elected heads of supervisory boards of sport federations because they can resolve organizational problems. Belarus President, President of the National Olympic Committee Alexander Lukashenko made the statement during the government conference held on 13 April to discuss the development of winter sports, BelTA has learned.Alexander Lukashenko said: “We've decided to set up supervisory boards and put people, who understand specific sports, in charge of sport federations. Has it been done? Why do we send top government officials to supervisory boards? For instance, the prosecutor general takes care of skiing while the KGB chairman sees to biathlon. Because these people have the capability and the administrative leverage to provide any kind of assistance.”According to the president, the head of a sport federation should work directly with coaches and athletes, with sport … [Read more...] about Belarus president explains how top government officials help sport federations
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. imposes new sanctions on 7 Russian oligarchs and 17 government officials U.S. sanctioned 38 individuals and entities close to Russia's Vladimir Putin, including Oleg Deripaska, who had business dealings with Paul Manafort. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 32 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Oren Dorell and Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY Published 10:46 p.m. ChT April 6, 2018 | Updated 3:56 a.m. ChT April 7, 2018 CLOSE Seven Russian oligarchs and a dozen companies they own and control will be sanctioned by the Trump administration. Buzz60 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 32 COMMENT EMAIL MORE The Trump … [Read more...] about U.S. imposes new sanctions on 7 Russian oligarchs and 17 government officials
The United States hit seven Russian oligarchs and 17 Russian government officials with sanctions on Friday for what it called "malign activity" around the world, as the Trump administration tried to show that President Donald Trump is taking tough action to stand up to Moscow. A dozen Russian companies owned by the oligarchs were also targeted, along with a state-owned arms-dealing company and a subsidiary bank, the Treasury Department said. Senior Trump administration officials cast the penalties as part of a concerted and ongoing effort by the U.S. to push back Russian President Vladimir Putin's government, emphasizing that since Trump took office last year, the U.S. has punished 189 Russian-related people and entities with sanctions. Trump has continued to avoid directly criticizing Putin himself, and recently invited the Russian leader to meet with him, possibly at the White House. Still, in recent weeks Trump's administration has rolled out a series of actions — including … [Read more...] about US imposes more sanctions on Russian oligarchs, government officials for ‘malign activity’