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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.

The Russian Monarchy’s Scenarios of Power

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Richard Wortman is James Bryce Professor Emeritus of European Legal History, specializing in the history of imperial Russia at Columbia University. His the author of many books on Russian cultural and intellectual history including The Crisis of Russian Populism; The Development of a Russian Legal Consciousness; and Scenarios of Power: Myth and Ceremony in Russian Monarchy From Peter the Great to the Abdication of Nicholas II. He has also published two volumes of collected articles: Russian Monarchy: Representation and Rule and Visual Texts, Ceremonial Texts, Texts of Exploration: Collected Articles on the Representation of Russian Monarchy. His most recent book is The Power of Language and Rhetoric in Russian Political History: Charismatic Words from the 18 to the 21st Centuries published by Bloomsbury Press.

The photo of the Russian translation of Richard Wortman’s book Scenarios of Power on Vladislav Surkov’s bookshelf is here. Photo #22.


Talking Heads, “Psycho Killer,” 77, 1977.