Dangerous Smoke from a Giant

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People in the Kherson region in Southern Ukraine are suffering from poisonous smoke from the chemical plant Crimean Titan, which is situated right at the new border between Ukraine and occupied Crimea. In its 20 years of operation, the cancer rates in this region have gone up drastically.
Since Crimean Titan is located on the Crimean ... Read More »

Cyprus Decides the Music in Kramatorsk

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Kramatorsk in Eastern Ukraine  is a typical industrial city where everything was built around large industrial factories.  They are the main employers and main sources of income for the city council, so they more or less dictate what is going on in the city with 160.000 inhabitants.
Only little is known about the owners who hide ... Read More »

Too Much Water Makes The Kaliningrad Sausage Profitable

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Three out of four samples of so-called high quality sausages bought in the local food store in Kaliningrad contained much more water than allowed in the Russian state standards. That was the result when the reporter Anastasia Drozdova in Novy Karavan sent the samples she had bought to laboratories.
The investigation was published 22nd of December ... Read More »

Land Scandals in Pskov’s Border District

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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 out ... Read More »

A Cheesy Story about Fake Fat

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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 the ... Read More »

A Not so Swedish Family

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At first sight Misen Energy AB looks very much like a Swedish company, although the office in Gothenburg is very small.  But it’s the main shareholder of a large private Ukrainian gas company, Karpatygaz.
The Ukrainian reporter Dmytro Gnap decided to to take a closer look at its activities and owners. He ended up in a ... Read More »

Trust! That is What Sausages Are Made Of

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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 of ... Read More »

Public Transport as a Private Money Machine

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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 small ... Read More »

Information on Land Allocation Evaporated

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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 of ... Read More »

Imprisoned by a Railroad Track

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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.
To ... Read More »

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