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Russian Investigations

Vodka at Every Corner

Russian authorities claim to fight alcoholism, but in two Northern cities, Arkhangelsk with 360.000 inhabitants and Severodvinsk with 183.000, it’s easier than ever to get hold of alcohol – vodka, whisky and moonshine. In Arkhangelsk the staff of Children’s Library No. 3 located in a residential building complained when a new bar ‘Pivnie Traditsii’ (Beer […]

“Editorial Board” Prize to SCOOP Coordinator

Anna Yarovaya, journalist at 7×7 in Petrozavodsk and SCOOP coordinator, has been awarded the prize “Editorial Board” for her longread “Rewriting Sandarmorkh”. Sandarmorkh is a name that evokes associations with executions, suffering, and history. In 1937-38 it was the site of mass executions of political prisoners, and over 7,000 were murdered there and buried in […]

Have an Idea for an Investigation? Time to Apply for a Grant!

To all journalists in the North-West region of Russia interested in investigative reporting! We – the International Media Support, IMS, in Copenhagen, the Associations of investigative journalism in Denmark and Sweden, FUJ and FGJ, in cooperation with the Regional Press Institute, RPI, in Saint Petersburg, Russia and Fojo Media Institute, Sweden – are happy to […]

Call for Applications Upcoming

Journalists in Northwest Russia with an interest in investigative journalism: News is on its way about training and grants for SCOOP Russia in 2018! Behind the SCOOP grants are the International Media Support Organization (IMS) in Copenhagen, the Association of Investigative Journalists of Denmark (FUJ) and Sweden (FGJ), the Regional Press Institute (RPI, Petersburg), Russia, […]

ECPMF Chairman Challenges Council of Europe on Azerbaijan

Europe’s elected representatives should insist on improvements on human rights and freedom in Azerbaijan before ANY further cooperation or deals, writes ECPMF chairman – and SCOOP founder and coordinator – Henrik Kaufholz in an open letter to politicians in Council of Europe countries. Azeri journalists are persecuted, and at the same time politicians and other […]

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 […]

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 […]