Just before his major surgery in April, Paul Barratt emailed his friends and colleagues, quoting Captain Lawrence Oates:
Tinkov has now pled to a single count of tax perjury. DOJ Press release “Founder of Russian Bank Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud: Admits to Concealing More Than $1 Billion in Assets when Renouncing U.S. Citizenship and Agrees to Pay More Than $500 Million Penalty” (10/1/21), here. I tried to access the plea agreement on PACER (Dkt Entry 25), but the link said, “You do not have permission to view this document.” I suppose it is under seal. When it is unsealed, it will be available on PACER (fee required) and, likely soon thereafter, free on CourtListener, here.
Thanks to poor drafting and a lack of enforcement, anti-secrecy legislation intended to make it clearer who owns UK companies isn’t working
OUT ON A LIMB: Social media is nothing like heroin.
I used to call myself a Twitter addict. It’s the first thing I check each morning and the last thing I look at at night. Yet during a family vacation in August I deleted Twitter from my phone for a week and didn’t check it even once. I didn’t vomit or convulse, as drug addicts tend to do when getting clean. I didn’t stop using because I had hit rock bottom. I wanted to be ‘in the moment’, as the kids say, and Twitter is a time-suck.
What I missed most was consuming a lot of news in a very quick manner — not the takes or the arguments, or the likes and retweets which offer that sweet dopamine hit. I was reading newspapers but I still felt out of touch. My addiction turned out to be an entirely correctable habit. If Twitter was having a negative effect on my life, I could have decided never to return to the app. Or I could return to the app in smaller doses. It’s not heroin, after all.
It’s Karol Markowicz, so read the whole thing.