I know, I know, it\’s terribly naughty to pay bribes to Johnny Foreigner. However:
In a candid interview, Mr Deripaska said he paid protection money to criminal gangs. He also built up his own security unit of former KGB agents and Red Army soldiers, as well as paying the local police for protection.
A source close to Mr Deripaska said that he was forced to pay gangs to stop his staff being threatened.
“The payments are called krysha, money paid to protect clients. It literally means roof in Russian. You are paying to protect your roof,” the source said.
Mr Deripaska said: “The first time I was directly threatened … two weeks later my commercial director was shot two times in the head. This was how, finally, I decided it was better to pay for the moment to stay alive and for my people to stay alive.”
That\’s simply what the place was like. Is like.
You had a choice of krisha, this is true. You had to make sure that your krisha was powerful enough to either fight off the others or at least come to some agreement with the others. But a krisha you had to have and a krisha you had to pay for.
One of my suppliers lost his export licences recently entirely because his krisha lost power and another wanted to start charging the requisite \”taxes\”.
*Shrug*. That\’s just the way it is.