The power of authoritarian hush money

The American intelligence community acknowledges that the Kremlin interfered in an American presidential election and committed a nerve agent attack on British soil. But American corporations still maintain strong ties to the regime, even though the U.S. has had sanctions in place against Russia since 2014.

Companies like Boeing, Ford, and McDonalds all consider Russia a big growth market, per Reuters.

McKinsey, along with Paul Manafort, was paid to clean up the image of the pro-Russian Ukrainian politician Viktor Yanukovych, who decried the West and was convicted of financial fraud, reports the New York Times.

“They don’t want to alienate regimes, or they would lose business,” David J. Kramer, a former assistant secretary of state, told the Times.

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