03/16/2012 10:26 am ET Updated May 16, 2012

Vladimir Putin's Inner Circle

Russian courts have recently doled out punishments to three opposition activists. It's being seen as a warning to critics of President-elect Vladimir Putin.

But while political opposition continues, political cronyism is alive and well.

Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford takes a look at Putin's rich and powerful inner circle.

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