A landmark EU sanctions ruling? Members Public

Hello! Welcome to your weekly guide to the Russian economy — written by Alexander Kolyandr and Alexandra Prokopenko and brought to you by The Bell. This week our top story is a high-profile EU sanctions ruling — what it means for the Russian billionaires involved and the wider Western sanctions regime. We

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Soviet dissident pursued by Putin in the Soviet Union arrested Members Public

A St. Petersburg court has detained Soviet dissident Alexander Skobov on charges of “justifying terrorism”. Skobov is a Soviet dissident who was twice committed to psychiatric hospitals for enforced treatment over his anti-communist stance. Vladimir Putin, then a young KGB officer, was involved in the cases against him in the

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The state’s flagship patriotic video game flops Members Public

The much-heralded launch of a state-funded patriotic adventure video game — set in 1612 and based on resistance to Polish forces waging war against Russia — has fallen flat. Critics said the game, The Time of Troubles, was boring and failed to compete with others on the market. * The game is based

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Russia hit by wave of xenophobia after biggest terror attack in 20 years Members Public

Central Asian migrants are facing a new surge in xenophobia after the Crocus City Hall attack. Gunmen, identified by Russian prosecutors as Tajik citizens, opened fire on concert-goers before setting the building ablaze in the worst terror attack in the country since 2004. More than 140 people were killed, including

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THE BELL WEEKLY: Xenophobia takes hold after Moscow terror attack Members Public

Hello! This week we look at a rise in xenophobia after the Moscow terror attack. We also cover a state-funded patriotic video game that became a multi-million dollar flop and a new case against an ailing Soviet dissident. Russia hit by wave of xenophobia after biggest terror attack in 20

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Russia’s wartime wealth redistribution Members Public

Hello! Welcome to your weekly guide to the Russian economy — written by Alexander Kolyandr and Alexandra Prokopenko and brought to you by The Bell. This week our top story is about Russia’s ongoing redistribution of wealth – the biggest since the 1990s. We also look at the ballooning budget deficit.

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How a car salesman became the biggest winner of the corporate exodus from Russia Members Public

The Bell has published a major investigation into Alexander Varshavsky — a car dealership owner who now controls the Russian assets of Volkswagen and Hyundai and is one of the biggest winners of the mass departure of foreign firms from the Russian market. * Alexander Varshavsky and his business partner Kamo Avagumyan

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Russian officials target Telegram over Moscow concert hall attack Members Public

Russian officials spent the first week after 144 people were killed in the Crocus City Hall terrorist attack looking for links to Ukraine and debating how to censor the Telegram messaging app, which has long served as a substitute for state news media in Russia. Among the ideas were proposals

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