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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.

G-8 Round One: Condi Rice vs. Sergei Lavrov

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U.S. Secretary of State Condi Rice and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov give a press conference. The Moscow Times is already reporting on the meeting. Reuters reports a testy exchange over Iraq. The G-8 looks like its going to be fun.