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.

Human Rights

Sochi’s Exploited Labor

My new Russia Magazine column, “Sochi’s Workers: Invisible and Expendable,” “The final stage in such a massive undertaking is always difficult,” Putin told officials in a

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Will Pussy Riot be Amnestied?

Will Pussy Riot, several Bolotnaya participants, and all Greenpeace activists be amnestied? So reports Izvestiia: The president has jointly decided with human rights activists who

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The Let’s Pretend Game

This week’s Russia! Magazine column, “The Magnitsky Minstrelsy“: The passage of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 last December sent US-Russia

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