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Paradise for Roller Skiers, Hell for Tax Payers

It was meant to shorten the way between Russia and Finland and make trade and travel easier. But the 830 million ruble road (approximately 12 million €) is mostly famous for one thing: to be an excellent summer time training ground for Russian cross country skiers in Karelia.

As there is almost no traffic on this expensive 28 kilometer two layer asphalt road, it is both safe and silent for roller skiers. Gleb Yarovoy at the media outlet 7X7 tells the story about why such a nice road leads to an almost dead end.

The article was published on January 25, 2018, in 7×7 in Petrozavodsk.

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In the Morning: Elections, In the Evening: Contracts

The regional elections in Karelia 2016 ended in a victory for the Edinaya Rossiya party («United Russia»), and in the year after the party also won the governor post.

As always in politics there was money behind these results. In his investigation ‘In the Morning – Elections, In the Evening – Contracts’, the journalist Sergei Khorosavin took a closer look at the potential sponsors of the successful party – first and foremost to the millionaire Nikolai Makarov and his companys bidding for public contracts.

The investigation was first published by 7×7 on January 29, 2018.

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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 themselves in a maze of existing and non-existing companies and offices. It seems that the authorities simply kill hundreds of dogs every year. Needless to add that this is not what the law states.

Their report was published 19.10.2016

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Valaam Billions – The Monastery’s Secret

On the Karelian island of Valaam rises the beautiful Patriarchal Men’s Monastery. But reality around it is not quite as beautiful.

The turnover of the business on the island is billions of rubles. The largest state-owned companies are doing business in this area, while the living conditions for local residents become worse. They are squeezed out of the island, of their houses and their jobs. And the main beneficiary of it all is one of the most famous institutions in religious Russia – the Valaam Monastery of the Russian Orthodox Church. Gleb Yarovoy, journalist from the media outlet 7×7 in Petrozavodsk, has gathered information about business on the island.

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The investigation was also published on Medusa, one of the most popular media in Russian

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