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Russian Investigations

War Heroes Met a Sad Future

Russia celebrates her war heroes from the Great Patriotic War (Second World War) every year – but a group of them were hidden away, their rights abused, and their future bleak. A number of the disabled veterans, who turned to begging for their survival, were driven from the streets and placed in nursing homes for […]

The barking money

Government and inhabitants of St. Petersburg are ready to invest significant sums in keeping and caring stray dogs and cats. Unfortunately, these noble longings can be used by swindlers and corrupted officials as well. The story of a dog named Bonus, who was severely crippled, is only a particular example showing how complicated the financial […]

A Nenets in Prison

Leonid Latyshev killed a man, while he was drunk, and ended up in prison in Arkhangelsk. Latyshev is a Nenets – a nomadic people in northwest Russia, traditionally living of reindeer herding. In today’s Russia, the Nenets live in villages and face increasing problems with alcohol and crime. Reporter Svetlana Sinitsyna’s investigation of the Nenets […]

Six Feet Under – but a Grave is not for Everybody

Unidentified corpses of drunkards, homeless people and aborted children are being buried on Vyborg’s cemetery in the paupers’ graves in violation of government rules. A decent burial is not available for everybody in the town, located in the Leningrad region.  The cemetery urges for expansion, but local authorities don’t have money for it. From 2005, […]

The Never-Ending Story of Letters and Parcels

The Russian post service has been scrutinized in journalism experiments and examinations since Soviet times – proving the delivery of letters and parcels to be too slow and of low quality. Up to 2013 Russian government plans to finance the modernization of the “Russian Post” service by significant amount of money – more than €2 […]

When Volkhov roars

Every year in the spring time, the river of Volkhov in Russia’s Novgorod region overflows. This causes significant property losses for the state and inhabitants of surrounding towns and villages. The nature could and should be tamed, but it requires constant renewal of the hydraulic structure on the territory of region and its neighbors. Existing […]

Adopt Me the Fast Way

In Russia there are somewhere between 1 and 4 million orphans. The legal code defends the right of the child and it’s right to a family – but potential adoptive parents say that it is practically impossible to adopt  or obtain guardianships of a child. The internet news portal Fontanka in St. Peterburg conducted its […]

Divorce Tajik-Style

Every year, many men from Tajikistqan go to Russia to find work. Often they also find a new love. A text message to the wife at home with the words “talaq, talaq, talaq” is enough to initiate the divorce procedure.  Some experts have claimed that, unless this practice of quick divorces is stopped, then Tajikistan […]