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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.

Russia Ranked 117th in Global Peace Index

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How peaceful is your country? Now thanks to the Global Peace Index you can find out. An organization called the Vision of Humanity, which believes that “unless we can achieve a world which is basically peaceful, then the major challenges facing humanity will not be solved,” has released its index of 121 countries according to their “relative peacefulness.”

Here are how some countries ranked:

As for why Russia is ranked near the bottom, here is the breakdown. Here is the rankings for some notable countries: China is ranked 60th, the U.S. 96th, and Iran 97th. There are some countries that are glaringly omitted. Most of West and Central Africa is missing. So is Afghanistan. I would imagine that they would be listed somewhere between Iraq and Sudan.