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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.

Lenders and Debtors in Imperial Russia

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Guest:

Sergei Antonov is an Assistant Professor in History at Yale University where he specializes in modern Russia, with particular interest in politics, culture, and society in the late imperial and early Soviet period. He’s the author of Bankrupts and Usurers of Imperial Russia: Debt, Property, and the Law in the Age of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy published by Harvard University Press.

Music:

John Lennon, “Money (That’s What I Want)” Lennon, 1990.