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State Capitalism
Russia’s State Takeover Hits the Grocery Aisle

A state bank’s acquisition of a major food retailer marks a milestone in the Kremlin’s takeover of private enterprise.

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Navalny's Expose
Nothing Personal, Strictly Business

A tawdry tale of escort girls, yachts, and bribery surrounding a Russian oligarch pal of Paul Manafort that could kick off a new round of infighting within Russia.

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You Can't Go Home Again
Russia’s Rich Exiles Are Gone For Good

As the election looms, the Kremlin is peddling a narrative that its exiled businessmen are begging to bring their money home. Don’t believe the hype.

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Garbage In Garbage Out
The Oligarch List That Wasn’t

The Trump Administration has undermined the deterrent effects of a law meant to prevent Russian meddling in future elections.

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State Capitalism
Russia’s Great Bank Takeover

For the past year, the Central Bank of Russia has been systematically destroying the country’s private banks, consolidating immense financial power in the hands of the Kremlin.

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Russian Show Trial
An Eight-Year Jail Term Kicks Off Six More Years of Putin

The dubious conviction of a federal minister paints a dire picture of things to come in Putin’s next term as President.

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Doping Drama
How the Olympics Ban Helps Putin

Banning Russia from the Olympics does not create a political crisis for Putin. It actually helps him avoid one.

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News Analysis
The Real Lessons of RT’s Foreign Agent Registration

RT’s new filing as a foreign agent shows how lavishly funded its American operations are—and raises troubling questions about where all that money is really going.

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A Stabbing In Moscow
The Case for Sanctioning Putin’s Propagandists

A sordid attack on a liberal radio station shows the pernicious effects of Russia’s propaganda—and should be a wake-up call for those who are serious about countering the threat.

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Sobchak Runs for President
Russia’s Potemkin Democracy Goes Glamorous

Ksenia Sobchak’s sham presidential run shows how corrupt and tightly-controlled Russia’s system really is.

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