The Bell

Putin’s Compromised Anti-Corruption Campaign

April 25, 2013

Putin’s raids on the Skolkovo financial center outside of Moscow, and his recent push outlawing state officials from owning foreign assets-including precious metals-are just two of the most recent examples of Putin using anti-money laundering and financial laws as a means of control. The traditional view of anti-money laundering laws is that they are designed […]

“One for All and All for One”: A Dispatch from Navalny’s Trial

April 23, 2013

Kirov, Russia — The date of the first session of the trial against Alexey Navalny has been on people’s minds for a while. Both, the Russian opposition and pro-Kremlin groups see this trial as symbolic, although for very different reasons. The opposition view it as an attempt to lock up one of the most well-known […]

Magnitsky List: A Failure, But not Fatal

April 16, 2013

On April 12 the U.S. government published the so-called Magnitsky List—names of individuals who are believed to be responsible for “gross violations of human rights” in Russia.  The 18 people included in the list will be denied entry to the United States and have their assets and property in the country frozen.  There is also […]

Kremlinologie à la Française

It’s no secret that in 2013, just like during the Soviet era, Russian agents are operating in Europe. But today, no one calls them “agents” anymore. Spies have been displaced by professional lobbyists, members of parliament, journalists, writers, PR experts and economists. That’s one of the ways in which the Kremlin promotes its agenda in […]

The Iron Lady and the Grey Cardinal

In the last few weeks, England saw the deaths of Margaret Thatcher and Boris Berezovsky, two very different figures who left a long-lasting imprint on the history of Russia. Official reaction to these events from Moscow, in which we can confidently include the government-controlled media, gives us some interesting insights into the mindset of people […]