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Russian Investigations

Repairs Start in Syktyvkar After Pressure

The citizens of Syktyvkar can now walk a little more safely in the streets. After the SCOOP-supported investigation of the newssite 7X7 of the deplorable state of the sidewalks, the city council has now started the repair and were recently able to inspect to first streets. The 7X7 reporter Maksim Polyakov documented in the autumn […]

Call for Nominations to Balkan Award for Understanding

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), calls for nominations for the 2017 Dr Erhard Busek-SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South, Eastern and Central Europe. Eligible to be nominated are journalists, editors, media executives, media experts, writers or journalism trainers in South, East and Central Europe, who have contributed to promoting better understanding in […]

SCOOP-Supported Investigation Wins First Prize

Journalist Gleb Yarovoy won the Grand Prix of the Annual contest of the Journalists Union of Karelia for the investigation “Valaam Billions – The Monastery’s Secret” about expenses for the restoration and work of the Valaam Monastery. The investigation received a prize in the nomination “Best journalistic work”. The author was awarded on May 19 […]

Grants to go to the GIJC in Joburg

Five days left to apply! Do you want to go to the Global Investigative Conference i Johannesburg in November – but don’t have the money? Apply for a fellowship! See how here  

A Window into Europe

During the European refugee crisis asylum seekers some tried to sneak from Russia into Finland. The reporter Sergey Khoroshavin from Argumenty I  Fakty analyzed all documents, did a lot of interviews  and even tried to follow one of the routes.  It turned out that the frontier of 798 kilometers is not only heavily guarded but […]

The Cold Radiators of Suoyarvi

The winter can get cold in the small Karelian town Suoyarvi – minus 30. But it can also get cold inside buildings which should be kept warm by the local heating station. The authorities in 2015 seemed to have found the solution to the cold flats: A new boiler. But it didn’t work efficiently. Prices […]

A Loophole in the Rules Creates Mountains of Trash

One day dump trucks started appearing on Petrozavodsk’s Staraya Kukkovka Street next to residential homes. They unloaded soil and building materials as if they were constructing a ski jump in the center of the city. Neighbours complained but nobody intervened. The reporter Julia Jucherenko made a tv-documentary about this illegal scheme which is very profitable […]

The Dogs Keep Disappearing in Karelia

Since Karelian authorities launched a campaign against stray dogs, Nikolai, Anastasia and many other citizens have been looking for their pets: They have disappeared and nobody seems to know the fate of their beloved animals. The reporters Alexandra Zaitseva and Maxim Shumeyko from the project “7×7” tried to find out what happened, and soon found […]

Refuge for Journalists Under Threat

The ECPMF’s Journalists-in-Residence Programme offers media workers under threat a safe environment to rest, recover and continue their journalistic work. The deadline to apply is 12 May 2017. The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) is now accepting applications for the next residency cycle (July 2017-January 2018). Participants are provided with free accommodation […]

Valaam Billions – The Monastery’s Secret

On the Karelian island of Valaam rises the beautiful Patriarchal Men’s Monastery. But reality around it is not quite as beautiful. The turnover of the business on the island is billions of rubles. The largest state-owned companies are doing business in this area, while the living conditions for local residents become worse. They are squeezed […]