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Outlawing Russia’s LGBT+ community and its advocates Members Public

The Russian authorities have been persecuting and discriminating against the country’s LGBT+ community for many years. Last week that campaign escalated once more, as the LGBT+ community and their supporters were effectively outlawed under repressive legislation against “extremist” movements and organizations. It was the biggest blow since Russia introduced

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Politics

Kremlin delays Baring Vostok’s exit as it eyes billion-dollar stake in ‘Russia’s Amazon’ Members Public

The Baring Vostok investment fund, set up by American investor Michael Calvey and partners, was one of the first to specialize in direct investment in Russia. It’s no exaggeration to say that without Baring Vostok, some of the most iconic Russian companies that dominate the domestic market today might

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Business

THE BELL WEEKLY: The tussle for a billion-dollar stake in ‘Russia’s Amazon’ Members Public

Hello. This week we reveal that the tussle for a major stake in “Russia’s Amazon” is preventing one of the most important investment firms in Russian history from leaving the country. We also look at the LGBT movement being labeled “extremist” and plans to make foreigners sign a loyalty

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7 graphs explaining Russia’s wartime economy Members Public

Hello! Welcome to your weekly guide to the Russian economy — brought to you by The Bell. This week we have compiled 7 graphs that help explain how Russia’s economy has adapted to war time and why it’s proved to be so resilient in the face of sanctions. We

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Russia tries to trigger a migration crisis on its border with Finland Members Public

Russia has belatedly responded to Finland’s accession to NATO by attempting to engineer a migration crisis along the two countries’ shared border. Russian border guards have begun to allow hundreds of refugees from the Middle East without proper documentation to cross the Russian border with Finland. Helsinki responded by

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Politics

How Putin's economic aide cherry-picks data for his reports Members Public

Maxim Oreshkin, Vladimir Putin’s economic aide, gave a major interview to the Moskovsky Komsomolets tabloid last week, in which he spouted figures showing that all is well in the Russian economy. He rarely resorted to using outright lies to make his argument, but he did cherry-pick and manipulate some

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Economy

Russian authorities forced to save money on video surveillance Members Public

As a result of the government’s budget deficit, the Russian authorities are keen to save money on anything they can that isn’t connected to the war effort or defense industry. This includes the creation of a national system of surveillance cameras, new plans show. Initially, Russia wanted to

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Politics

THE BELL WEEKLY: Russians asked to pay for their own surveillance Members Public

Hello. This week we look at a new proposal to build a national network of surveillance cameras. We also unpack some of the economic myths the Kremlin is telling itself, and the Russian people, ahead of next year’s presidential election, and look at why Russia is trying to engineer

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