Read this and everything you find puzzling about Russia will be crystal clear
Minor correction, vor v zakonye is kinda "officially recognised thug", so not necessarily the main one, literally thief in law. Putin is a pakhan.
It's the first of your posts I have serious trouble agreeing with. I think beneath all this gangsterism is a deeper undercurrent of Russian imperialism, and this war cannot be explained without it. Why? Because otherwise it doesn't make any sense for them to persevere. If it was only, or mostly about stuffing his pockets, Putin would have cut his losses already in 2022. It's clear that they're not making any profit on this war now. The only reason why Putin is still trying to win is imperial conquest.
In Russia they do, in fact, have an "attorney-client privilage", it just means something else. It's the privilage of the attorney to get beaten up, tortured and abused, just like their clients.
Not sure whether this comes from the adoption of the criminal system of values or whether both the Russian mentality and the prison system stem from the same source, ie. a very stunted understanding of human relations.
At some point certain societies realized that there is actual value created through cooperation rather than from taking from one another. Certain societies however didn't, which is why they are stuck on the zero sum game of only seeking opportunity where it can be extracted from others. In that sense prisons and the Russian oligarchy are similar but I would argue they share a common source rather than one stems from the other.
This note raises more questions than it answers. You call Medvedchuk a member of Putin’s inner circle, even though he's not a member of Kooperativ Ozero. Neither is Prigozhin, so why can't Putin touch him? Does the "law of thieves" forbid killing a gang member who has organised a revolt against the gang leader? That would be absurd.
And if people in official positions like Shoigu are not real gang members, why haven't they been replaced long ago? Surely Putin could find someone more competent to replace him.
Looks like someone did get caught in the crossfire (of air defence missiles) after all :)
Mr Eastsplaining should perhaps join forces with the author of this blog, you'd be a dream team: https://disinfolklore.substack.com/p/counter-disinfolklore