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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.

Putin Remembers the Last Time, but First is Not too Clear

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Enter the soft and cuddly Putin. Putin held a webcast question and answer session today to score some brownie points ahead of the G-8 Summit. Among the many questions he answered was why he kissed that boy (he wanted to “pet him like a kitten, nothing more”), his past as a spy, and the first time he did “it”. To the latter question he said this,

“I can’t remember exactly when I did it for the first time,” a laughing Putin said. “But I certainly remember when I did it the last time, to the exact minute.”

To quote Frank Booth, Putin, you’re so fucking suave. You’re one real suave fuck.