Putin's Personal Safety
The Siloviki Shuffle
Power struggles and shakedowns among Russia’s security services help explain why and how Putin has decided to shuffle the deck.
A Token Reformist
Vladimir Putin convened his Council of Economic Advisors for the first time in two years this week, with his former Finance Minister on board. But it was only for a “brainstorming session”, the Kremlin said, suggesting that serious reforms were not about to be unveiled.
Putin Looks Out For His Friends
One of the Russian President’s closest friends, sanctioned by the West, just won another huge no-bid contract to build part of a gas pipeline to China.
Corruption & Propaganda
The Snake Eats Itself
Putin’s propaganda machine, pushing on an open door in the West, is weaker than it seems, due to endemic corruption at home. Let’s try to fight him in Russia instead.
The Kleptocracy Archive
Documenting Theft on a Grand Scale
A brand new online document repository seeks to be a vital resource for journalists, scholars, and law enforcement agents looking to understand how dirty foreign money is corrupting our own system.
Mafia State Watch
Bloodbath in a Cemetery
The wild Russian 90s are back, replete with murders, racketeering, and criminal-fueled chaos.
Putin's Power Projection
Russia talks a big game on the world stage. But at home, Putin’s kleptocratic system is stifling the great leader’s ambitions.
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