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Russian Investigations

Medical Care on Service

During many years the hospitals in Kaliningrad were equipped with computer tomography for use in various state run medical programs. This expensive equipment, financed by the federal Russian tax payers, was supposed to be used in the benefit of the residents in the Kaliningrad region. Today more than a third of them are out of […]

Not a Single Official Refugee from Ukraine to Kaliningrad in Two Years

Fighting in the south-east of Ukraine forced millions of Ukrainian citizens to flee from their homes to save their lives and the lives of their children. Many have lost their relatives, their homes and belongings. Many did not have a choice where to go – only to Russia, which at that time offered them help […]

If You Can’t Buy It, Burn It

In the Kaliningrad region, people are in danger if they live in old houses on attractive spots close to the sea. Someone might want to have their beautiful view. If a person living in an old house on a popular locations refuses to leave, there is a big risk that their house will set fire. […]

Ukrainian Refugees Forced Back From Russia

During the two years of the armed conflict in Ukraine, hundreds of thousands of people have been forced out of their homes. Many of them have moved within Ukraine. A large number of them followed Russian propaganda and went to Russia. However, not everything was so wonderful in the Russian Federation: only a few regions […]

Big money in Illegal Ukrainian amber

Wherever you find precious stones like amber, you also find smugglers and organized crime. The Volyn region in Ukraine and the Russian enclave Kaliningrad – both with large deposits of the precious material – are no exceptions, and consequently the Polish city of Gdansk is the capital of a veritable industry of  illegal jewellery. The […]

Too Much Water Makes The Kaliningrad Sausage Profitable

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 […]

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 […]