|Zhou Yongkang was finally formally criminally charged today in Tianjin|
|Ling Jihua tried to protect himself by covering up son's death|
|Bo Xilai was an ally of Zhou's and is now in prison for life|
There is no court date set yet, but at least for now the stage is set for a showdown between the state and Zhou in the court room.
The BBC tried to ask people on the street in Shanghai what they thought of the motivations behind Zhou being charged, but no one would dare speculate. They probably know, but don't want to tell a western reporter what appears to be a political system that's rotten to the core.
Will Zhou's legal charges result in the end of the purges in the senior ranks of the party? It's hard to say but it demonstrates how much rot there is in the system, but also how determined the party is to get rid of it...