For Wall Street Villains: The Five Best Hideouts – With No Extradition

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With the Goldman
Sachs scandal playing out in the press and President Obama’s recent
Cooper Union speech still resonating through America’s financial
community, the word on The Street is that many of the country’s
less-principled financiers have recently found themselves daydreaming
about getting a one-way ticket out of Dodge.

Luckily, the
financial scofflaw with a truckload of money has several options
at his or her disposal. Granted, traditional havens like Canada
might be a little hesitant to adopt someone who helped bring down
the world economy – and in light of recent events in Greece, even
France might be reluctant to open its doors.

But never fear,
dozens of countries don’t have extradition treaties with the U.S.
– and are desperate for new visitors.

most of the countries on the nonextradition list are communist,
run by brutal theocracies, currently at war or lack a functional
government. But with a little imagination, a walled fortress and
a steady supply of the local moonshine, intrepid on-the-lam travelers
can handle it. What’s more, with kinds of winters New York has frozen
through lately, equatorial Africa is looking better and better.

Which leads
us to DailyFinance’s picks for the top five places to run
to when the U.S. Senate decides that it wants to have a little talk.

With a per-capita GDP of over $17,000, Croatia occupies that
sweet spot between places that are too poor to be safe and too expensive
to be enjoyable. Your dollar will go a long way here, and with miles
of beaches, remote castles, extensive caves and uninhabited islands,
the formerly war-torn republic has endless options for your next
home. While a little lacking in nightlife, Croatia’s extensive diving,
caving and hiking opportunities make it ideal for outdoorsmen, and
its stable government and parliamentary republic promise that your
property – and life – should be well protected by the
rule of law.

Star Trek
: Trekkers have few better choices than Kazakhstan.
This Central Asian nation, the ninth-largest country in the world,
is basically what happens when you mix hundreds of years of Mongol
heritage with gobs of revenues from oil and uranium. Terrain options
range from extensive shoreline to rugged canyons, but Kazakhstan
is particularly famous for the steppes, a sprawling, windblown grassland
where the descendants of the Khans drink fermented mare’s milk and
practice Khyz Kuu, a traditional sport that basically involves
chasing down maidens while on horseback. In terms of cities, the
capital, Astana, halves the distance between Mongol and Klingon
culture, with breathtaking buildings that seem to have jumped off
the cover of a Ray Bradbury novel. Officially a presidential republic,
Kazakhstan is actually more of a benevolent dictatorship, but the
rule of law is strong, and chances are that you won’t have any unpleasant
run-ins with the local authorities.

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18, 2010

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