A formerly powerful ally of Vladimir Putin who was unexpectedly ousted from his job last year has warned other members of the president’s inner circle that they could be next.
Vladimir Yakunin, who has known Mr Putin for decades and for ten years headed Russia’s vast rail monopoly, warned that no member of Russia’s elite could be entirely safe until Mr Putin establishes a “ruling class like Russia had during Tsarist times.”
“This circle will continue to rotate,” Mr Yakunin said in an interview with Bloomberg. “Remember what happened to Boris Berezovsky and Vladimir Gusinsky,” he added, referring to two post-Soviet oligarchs who lost their empires and were forced into exile after Mr Putin came to power in 2000.
The Monarch always rather likes to keep the barons on their toes.