A global supply chain—which begins with raw materials and progresses through manufacturing, packaging, transportation and distribution, and returns management—is a bit like a spiderweb. Both delicate and complex, the network is so interdependent that if you touch one place, reverberations emanate.
Imagine a large cruise ship. Passengers use the same communal space and infrastructure—restaurants, swimming pools, exercise facilities—but also have their own private cabins. Most people can’t afford to buy a ship, so this shared arrangement offers the maximum return with minimal investment.
In Russia, corporate raiding is simply the latest incarnation of property redistribution. The tactics have modernized over time: the use of hired muscle in the days of racketeering has been replaced by exploitation of legal loopholes and loose regulations.