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Russian Investigations

Public Transport as a Private Money Machine

In Syktyvkar – the capital of the Russian region Komi – the largest company  in local public transport, Alpha-Trans, went bankrupt. That’s what happens in a market economy. Or is it? The journalist Maxim Poliakov took a closer look and found an interesting scheme, where the busses transported money directly into the pockets of a […]

Land Scandals in Pskov’s Border District

The properties around Lake Peipus in the Pskov district are attractive. Who gets them? Reporter Maksim Andreev took a closer look in this investigation. The distribution of land along the shore of Lake Peipus in the Gdovsk District of Russia’s Pskov Province is the topic for Maksim Andreev’s investigation. In his project the reporter found […]

A Cheesy Story about Fake Fat

What goes into Russian cheeses?  One out of three tested cheese brands in Kaliningrad shops contained fat that did not come from milk. That was the result when the journalist Irina Krivonos bought three different cheeses and sent them to two different labs for analysis, one lab in Saint Petersburg and one in Lithuania. Since […]

Trust! That is What Sausages Are Made Of

How much meat does one find in the sausage? Anastasia Drozdova from Kaliningrad decided to investigate the quality of the locally produced sausages for her newspaper “Novy Karavan”. The reason is obvious. Meat production in the region is not sufficient to cover the needs of the manufacturers of meat products. In the past, a lot […]

Information on Land Allocation Evaporated

The former mayor of the Russian city of Syktyvkar, Ivan Pozdeev, has been arrested, suspected of abuse of power and embezzlement. But what has happened to the documentation? Reporter Ekaterina Klepikovskaya tried to find out what the former mayor had actually done, and she realized that it’s almost impossible to find information on the allocation […]

Imprisoned by a Railroad Track

A small residential area in the Karelian village of Chalna has been cut off from the rest of the village for almost four years, because the railroad company without any warning closed a crossing and thus blocked the only road. Residents had to park at the tracks and carry all all supplies to their homes. […]

Cultural Heritage or a Worthless Shack?

Almost 50 of the 150 old wooden houses in Vologda have been destroyed in the last two decades. The reporter Irina Kazankina in her article ‘Without Helms’ explains what happened to one of these –  a very beautiful example of traditional building style in this  Russian town: A house with two floors on Prechistenskaya Embankment […]

Insurance Companies Try to Outfox the Law

In Russia as in other countries car insurance is obligatory. But what do you do, when the insurance companies refuse to sell policies? If you are a taxi driver this  destroys your business. And why do they refuse to sell? After all, insurance rates are skyrocketing. Sergei Markelov tried to sort things out in the […]

Putting a Name on the Lords of the Land

What happened with the land of Zaytsev Collective Farm after it was reorganized in 1992? In the story “Land on Paper”, investigative reporter Anna Yarovaya dug into the privatization procedures of state agricultural enterprises that happened in Karelia like everywhere else after the fall of the Soviet Union. Anna Yarovaya investigated how and by whom […]

VIPs Own Illegal Summer Houses on the Curonian Spit

The Curonian Spit in Kaliningrad is listed as a World Heritage Site and a national park. Nevertheless, investigative reporter Nikita Kuzmin found about 100 buildings, that were supposedly guest houses, cottages, hotels or recreational and medical facilities, but in reality were serving as exclusive summer houses for private persons. Five years ago there was a […]