I thought "silovik" was a very strong brandy.

Posted: 09 Nov 2007

"For the medium term at least, the silovik network that has formed over the last eight years will retain its control of [Russia's] political and economic levers. ... Despite its glaring democracy deficit, Russia remains an open market economy with millions of people traveling abroad each year and -- despite some attempts to control it -- unfettered access to the Internet. Although the Kremlin controls the mass media, Russians still have access to foreign media in foreign languages and to international broadcasting in Russian and other languages of the Russian Federation." Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty News, 9 November 2007.

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