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 small ... Read More »

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 hectares ... Read More »

A Deal that Cost Republika Srpska 27 million USD


When the Government of Republika Srpska decided to sell the oil sector to a Russian company, the Governments’ commission got free hands from the RS National Assembly to determine the settlement with the numerous creditors of the refinery.
One of these was the British Vitol, who in the previous years had contract with the refinery. After ... Read More »


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