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IKEA, which is hugely, insanely popular in Russia, has fired two top managers for “closing their eyes” to corruption, including Per Kaufmann, who is in charge of Central and Eastern Europe for the company.

Kaufmann, ironically, made a splash this summer, threatening to freeze IKEA’s investments in Russia (which, since the late 1990s, have totaled some $4 billion) because of corruption: A landlocked store in Russia’s south was kept from opening for three years because it was not hurricane-proof.

This time, the bribe was paid by a lower-ranking IKEA employee in St. Petersburg “in order to solve the question of providing electricity” to the shopping center. According to the company press-release, the local IKEA dons showed “tolerance” for corruption, and had to be cut.

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