Corruption

19 Million Russians

Over 19 million Russians live in poverty, according to a recent article in Dengi. But how is poverty determined in the Russian context? For Rosstat

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Review: Putin’s Games

http://english.share.rferl.org/flashembed.aspx?t=vid&id=25191947&w=640&h=363&skin=embeded My column for Russia Magazine, “Palaces in Sochi on Monday,” Until recently, Sochi was mostly viewed in the context of Russia’s anti-homosexuality laws. No

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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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Russia as a Rhizome State

My review of Alena Ledeneva’s Can Russia Modernize? Sistema, Power Networks, and Informal Governance for Russia Direct, “Sistema: How power works in modern Russia,” In

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Migrants and Corruption

I got a gig writing for the Nation. Here’s my first article, “Corruption, Not Migrants, Is Russia’s Problem.” A few words updating the story. Yesterday

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