Congressional GOP leaders sent a letter to Russia’s president on November 18 expressing shock at the recent murder of U.S. businessman Paul Tatum. The letter also warned that the shooting could jeopardize American aid to Russia, and it said that the general "atmosphere of unrestrained crime" in Russia undermines U.S. willingness to do business there. Tatum is a former GOP activist who was involved in law suits over ownership of a major Russian hotel. (AP, November 18)
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