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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.

Going to Russia

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I haven’t written anything for the last several days because I’ve been preparing for my London-Moscow-Washington DC trip. I leave for London tomorrow to attend the conference “The Relaunch of the Soviet Project, 1954-64” at organized by the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies at University College London. Next I go on to Moscow for a month to work in the libraries and archives. Then I move on to Yaroslavl more of the same. Finally, in mid-November I move on to Washington DC to attend the 38th National Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.

Blog posts will certainly continue while I’m abroad. I’m hoping that writing in country will add some perspective on the subjects I address. If anyone is in Moscow or Yaroslavl September 19 to November 15, drop me an email. I would love to meet up!