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Crony Capitalism
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.

Controlling the Narrative
How the Kremlin Turns Tragedy into Talking Points

The Kremlin reacted very differently when Russia’s own airliner was brought down by a terror attack last year. Here’s why.

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
Potemkin Villages

Russia talks a big game on the world stage. But at home, Putin’s kleptocratic system is stifling the great leader’s ambitions.

Dystopia
Duma to Restrict Foreign Travel for Russians

Back to the USSR? Not at all. This is just the Putin regime’s latest means of suppressing dissent.

Mafia State Watch
Putin’s Huff-and-Puff Ploy

A Russian businessman, who is suing Gazprom and Lukoil, opens up about the Panama Papers, shady dealings in Putin’s Saint Petersburg of the 1990s, and the Russian President’s bluffing strategy.

Mafia State Watch
Putin’s Panama Papers Problem

The Russian President is said to be very unhappy with how an influential, privately-owned Russian business media outlet is covering the story. A crackdown is underway.

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Russia's Future
Who Would Dethrone the Tsar?

Russia’s history shows that palace coups almost always happen first. The people’s revolution comes later.

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