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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.

Russian Nationalism

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Guest:

Marlene Laruelle is the Associate Director and Research Professor at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), in the Elliott School of International Affairs, at George Washington University and co-director of PONARS (Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia). She is the author of several books in English, French and Russian. Her most recent books are Russian Nationalism: Imaginaries, Doctrines, and Political Battlefields, published by Routledge, an edited collection Entangled Far Rights: A Russian-European Intellectual Romance in the 20th Century, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, and co-authored with Jean Radvanyi, Understanding Russia: The Challenges of Transformation published by Rowman & Littlefield.

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Music:

Marvin Gaye, “A Funky Space Reincarnation,” The Master 1961-1984, 1995.