Opinion: Brazil’s “Kompromat” “Sistema”

The Lava Jato investigation indicates that Brazil, during the thirty years of democracy after the military surrendered power, has had its own “sistema”; like Russia, it has become a country where “business and the state have merged in a union of total and seamless corruption.”

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A friend sent the Curmudgeon an article by Adam Davidson from the New Yorker about “kompromat”, the Russian word for compromising material.

The article theorized why Trump never criticized Putin. The article argues that it is not only Putin who has Trump over a barrel because he has compromising material; rather it is the Russian “sistema”.

Under “sistema”, according to a Russian political and business expert, “wealth and power are distributed through networks of political figures and businesspeople who follow unspoken rules, in an informal hierarchy…

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