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.

Nashi

Putin’s Unmoored Youth

This week’s Russia Magazine! column, “The Kids Aren’t Alright,” “Who has the youth has the future!” Martin Luther declared. As object-subjects of modern states, youth

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Sponge Bob Goes to War

  Over the past few years, I’ve argued that Nashi has been in a state of confusion in a post-Colored Revolution world. The Putin youth

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Streamlining Nashi

Yesterday, fellow Blogger-in-arms Kevin Rothrock of the a unparalleled A Good Treaty and I were on Al Jazeera‘s The Steam talking about Nashi and Navalny.

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Nashi is a Waste

Over the past few years, I’ve argued that without the specter of “colored revolution” Nashi has become a rudderless organization. Enemies are necessary.  And when

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