Inside Story - Losing friends in Moscow

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Leaked US diplomatic cables indicate that senior US officials believe that Russia has become a virtual "mafia state" with widespread corruption, bribery and protection rackets. This may not be surprising news for Russians, but it is certainly likely to make it much harder for Washington to win friends and influence people in Moscow. How damaging are the leaks to temperamental Russian-American relations? Do ordinary Russians believe that their country is an oligarchy run by the secret services?