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Chronicles of the Zenit-Arena

The Russiangate tells the story about a controversial stadium The Zenit-Arena has become a symbol of corruption and never-ending construction project in Russia. The construction works began 10 years ago with 50 bln rubles spent. The investigators have been trying to find out what part of that money was stolen. Katerina Karaseva continues. On May 5, 2017 St-Petersburg’s former deputy governor Marat Oganesyan was charged with receiving a bribe of 20 mln rub from the StroiElektroMontazh-5 construction...
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05/12/2017

NODding street violence

... briefly as “Putin and NOD vs West and the U.S.” The NOD blames Gorbachev for dissolution of the Soviet Union, slams the “American-inspired” Constitution and laments the fate of Russia “occupied by the West”. The NOD criticizes the Constitution articles which outlaw censorship and state-imposed ideology, guarantee independence of the Central Bank. NOD members protest near Navalny campaign HQ, photo – rusnod.ru The NOD supports the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics and ...
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05/11/2017

Dirty hands of Kazan lawmaker

How a member of Kazan city’s council was delivering a bribe of 24 mln rubles The leader of the United Russia’s faction in the Kazan city Duma, a director of the Moidodyr-Kazan cleaning agency Nadyr Khairullin detained for mediation in giving a bribe of 24 mln rubles. Katerina Karaseva has more. Nadyr Khairullin, 63, has been suspected of intermediation in the giving a bribe of 24 mln rub. He declines the allegations. The court arrested him until June 10. Khairullin was detained on April 26 after...
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05/10/2017

CORRUPTION WEEKLY: May 2-5

Corruption weekly news: May 2-5 May 2. Son of the deputy Prime minister Dmitry Rogozin Alexei appointed the general director of the Ilyushin aircraft-building JSC. He inherited the post of Sergei Velmozhkin who stepped down for unknown motives. Before that appointment, Alexei Rogozin, 33, was in charge of transport aviation in the Defense ministry. Investigative Committee opens a criminal case in Voronezh over the large-scale fraud amounting to 20 mln rub. Investigators suspect the officials in...
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05/06/2017

The toy extremism

How the authorities fight extremism with role play, red caviar and Cossack cyber units. News about court sentences on extremism charges appears nearly daily. The mostly publicized hearing of the last months has been a trial of a video blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky accused of extremism and offense of the “believers’ sentiments” for hunting pokemons in a church. Sofia Savina collected information about how the authorities transform the meaning of the word “extremism” and how much money they spent for...
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05/04/2017

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