Tag: Oligarch

A Brief History of the Russian Media

December 6, 2013

Recent history of the Russian media shows how the media system was preconditioned by the country‚Äôs political development. In the 1990s the Russian media system underwent major transformations following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The media were introduced into new realities: the market economy, the end of ideological control of the Communist Party, political […]

How Putin Uses Money Laundering Charges to Control His Opponents

July 18, 2013

Last Thursday, Sergei Magnitsky was convicted of tax evasion. The only problem was he was not there to hear the verdict read. Magnitsky was killed in Moscow’s Butyrka prison in 2009, likely as a result of beatings and a lack of medical treatment. His crime was uncovering a $230 million tax fraud involving members of […]