Imagine a nominally federated but largely centralized polity with a Continental legal system. The prosecutor-general heads the federal prosecution service, which is responsible, through regional and local branches, for bringing all the criminal prosecutions and for overseeing all the criminal investigations in the country.
Suppose the prosecutor-general has two highly-trusted deputies, both married men. Their wives hold shares, 25% each, in an agribusiness company active in the south of the country. The other half of the firm is owned, also in equal shares, by two other women, both married to prominent gangsters. Not merely corrupt bureaucrats, but leaders of a gang infamous for rape and murder, which ruled over a southern town for several years in a manner similar to ISIS, minus the religion.
The polity is the Russian Federation, of course. These and other links between the prosecutor-general’s office and the gangsters have been revealed in the latest report by the anti-corruption group, FBK, led by Alexei Navalny. The repercussions of these revelations seem to have spread farther than was the case with earlier FBK investigations.