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Vodka or schnapps: which liqueurs the officials favor

The Russiangate analyzes the state contracts on supply of alcohol. The state organizations allocate spending for buying strong drinks monthly. Sofia Savina estimated the scale of “drunk spending”. According to the online state contract records for the last six years, spirit drinks are ordered by the presidential and governmental resorts and canteens, universities, hospitals, labor camps as well as municipalities, Defense ministry, Russian railways. The majority of the orders come, not surprisingly...

The principal buyer

In whose interests is Grigory Berezkin buying the RBC media holding? Mikhail Prokhorov has been selling the RBC under the Kremlin’s pressure. The buyer Grigory Berezkin is the owner of the ESN Group which comprises the KP and Metro newspapers as well as the RZD-partner printing house. Yekaterina Grigoryeva found out who has needed the sale of the RBC. RBC In March 2009, the ONEXIM group belonging to Mikhail Prokhorov would rescue the RBC from bankruptcy. The debts of the media holding exceeded...

Death under control

A year ago the “blue whales” - the Internet “death communities” - agitated the country. What has changed since? One year passed after the Novaya Gazeta’s publication about the so-called “groups of death”. That year, the government offered new measures to prevent suicides among the teenagers, like the bill prohibiting mass media to cover such incidents. Sofia Savina looks at how the government tries to rescue the teens and how much it is cost. A teacher from the Leningrad region told the Russiangate...

Who is in the game?

How Shoigu & Co profit from patriotism and extreme sports Russian Defense ministry for the fourth year in a row supports Ksenia Shoigu’s business partners, preparing tracks for the military-sporting games The Heroes Race and The Heroes Battle. The ministry provides military hardware and produces documentaries about the game with participation of the minister Sergei Shoigu. The ministry’s officials have even founded the private companies dealing with organization of those games. Anastasia Khlopkova...

Crimean spring: Gangster-turned-politician

Legitimacy of Crimea incorporation into Russia could be questioned but the fact is rock-solid: it has been a part of Russia since 2014 and as its region demands its share of the federal budget pie. The Peninsula requires urgent rescue efforts but could they be successful since Crimea steering wheel has been in hands of a man, Sergei Axenov, directly linked to criminal groups? Following the coup d'etat in Kiev, also called “Euro Maidan” on Feb 22, 2014, leaders of then-autonomous Republic of Crimea...

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