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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.

Vesti Translates Fox News

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Here is how the Fox News interview with that American-Ossetian girl and her aunt is being reported in the Russian news.  I think even non-Russian speakers will get a sense of the hatchet job done on this just from the translator’s tone and coughing.  If Vesti really wants to get schooled in propaganda production, they might pay closer attention to Fox.  They’re masters at it.  From this grade school project, Vesti is hardly an apprentice.