What's Behind Russia's Crime Wave?

BusinessWeek's Moscow correspondent weighs reasonsincluding Putin's upcoming departurebehind recent murders and the rise in other crimes

Russia is reeling from a series of assassinations. On Sept. 13, central banker Andrei Kozlov was shot dead outside a Moscow soccer stadium, becoming the highest-ranking government official to be murdered in many years. Just three weeks later, well-known journalist Anna Politkovskaya was murdered outside her apartment in another apparent contract killing. Recent weeks have also seen several murders of businesspeople, including a Moscow bank manager and the property manager for the Itar-Tass news agency.

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