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The Evictors

Around Moscow, there’s a whole industry of so-called “black creditors” — microfinance institutions (or MFOs) that swindle and seize debtors’ homes. Ivan Golunov’s investigation for Meduza has discovered that almost 500 apartments have been seized from their owners over the past five years without so much as a court order. In fact, this scheme involves more than simply “squeezing” people from their homes. It is possibly part of a wider, international money-laundering system. Here’s Meduza special correspondent Ivan Golunov on the ins and outs of this industry.

Ufa Blog and Anti-Fascism in Russia

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I want to give a quick plug and shout out.

Daut at Ufa Blog seems to be pretty plugged in to Russian anti-fascist activism and the rise of right wing racism. His newest post is a letter about the murder of anti-fascist activist Alexander Ryukhin, which I mention in my last post.

I’m also happy to see that Ufa has a Food Not Bombs chapter. I’ve had several FNB friends over the years. They would often get arrested for serving vegetarian food to the homeless without a “permit.” What kind of society do we have when this is a “crime”? If hope FNB in Ufa doesn’t have to put up with similar bullshit.