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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Curmudgeon’s prior submission pointed out the similarity between today’s Russia and Brazil: both have developed a “Sistema” where “business and the state have merged in a union of total and seamless corruption.”

The Lava Jato (Car Wash) investigations have attempted, with a surprising degree of success, to break apart that union, and to punish those who have impoverished Brazil through corruption.

Inevitably, the principal political players in the . . .

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