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.

Book Reviews

Stalin’s Iron Fist

I usually don’t cheerlead the work my adviser and friend, J. Arch Getty, but if you have any interest in his new book Stalin’s Iron

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Blackening the White Paper

My new eXile article, Nemtsov’s White Paper: Bombshell or Dud?, is now online. Here is an excerpt: Lilia Shevtsova, a fellow at Moscow’s Carnegie Center,

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Recommended Reading

Two of my favorite magazines, the London Review of Books and Vanity Fair, have two must read articles on Russia in their recent additions. Vanity

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Social Science Fiction

My first article for the eXile is now online.  Here is an excerpt from “A Russian-Watcher’s Fairytale“: Russia and the world were stunned by the

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The “Dark Double”

David S. Foglesong, The American Mission and the “Evil Empire”: The Crusade for a “Free Russia” since 1881, Cambridge University Press, 2007. “Civilization is spreading

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The World According to Anna

Anna Politkovskaya, A Russian Diary: A Journalist’s Final Account of Life, Corruption, and Death in Putin’s Russia, trans. Arch Tait, Forward Scott Simon, Random House,

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