High-Profile Cases

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Russia’s Ban on Telegram Has Politicized the Workspace Overnight

    The banning of Telegram, one of the most popular messaging apps in Russia, is a serious blow to the public loyalty of ordinary people to the authorities. Ways of getting around the ban are being widely discussed in non-politicized chat groups, and even representatives of the powers that be are expressing discontent, both privately and in public. The move to block the secure messaging service has shown that people are prepared to ignore the ban and enter a gray area—and it’s the authorities themselves who have goaded people into this.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    The Problem With the Russian Judiciary

    The Russian court system paralyzed itself a long time ago. It doesn’t need outside experience; it doesn’t need experienced lawyers. It needs efficient personnel who know how to follow orders. The average judge renders a not-guilty verdict once every seven years. Judges understand that such a verdict will always be repealed and the repeal of a sentence is a stain on a judge’s record that could lead to penalties and even dismissal.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    The Billionaire Adviser: A Story of Russia’s Anti-Corruption Campaign

    The story of the arrest of Oleg Korshunov, deputy director of Russia’s prison system, looks at first glance like a victory in an anti-corruption campaign. But the truth is much more complex. Korshunov merely operated too blatantly, his detention is unlikely to change much, and he may eventually get free on parole.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Why Russian Judges Don’t Acquit

    If Russian judges started acquitting defendants, far fewer suspects would end up in court because cases unlikely of leading to a conviction would be weeded out in advance. That would reduce the burden on judges and lead to a reduction in state funding for the judicial branch—something no judge wants to happen.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Corruption Case Puts Sechin in the Spotlight

    The high-profile trial of former Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev is not playing out according to the script that most analysts had expected. The prosecution’s case increasingly relies on the testimony of one man, state oil chief Igor Sechin, making this master of Kremlin intrigue potentially politically vulnerable.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    How the Gulag Lives On in Russia’s Prison Economy

    When the state has mineral resources, it hires a company like Royal Dutch Shell to extract the oil and share the profits. But when it has an abundant supply of labor, it turns a blind eye to its resources being used in tolling schemes right out of the 1990s. The existing penitentiary system is not in the interests of the state or the prisoners.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Moscow Housing Demolition Program Creates New Wave of Angry Urbanites

    The authorities are in a no-win situation as a result of their unpopular plans to demolish five-story residential buildings in Moscow. If they stick to their guns, angry urbanites are bound to take to the streets in protest. If they yield to public demands, they’ll demonstrate the effectiveness of mass protests.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    “The Russians Did It”: How the Kremlin Became the Default Culprit

    The world will see the Kremlin as the culprit whether or not Denis Voronenkov’s murder is ever solved: for too long, Russian authorities have portrayed their country as one that doesn’t hesitate to violate every international norm—including by murdering their own citizens abroad.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Why the Terrorist Attack in St. Petersburg Is Dividing Russian Society

    There is a broad consensus in Russia that the Kremlin’s hardline stance on terror has kept Russians safe from attack. This guarantee of security has allowed authorities to ignore a host of social and economic problems. But there is a significant downside to this model: any attack on Russian soil begins to erode the underpinnings of the Kremlin’s social contract.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    St. Petersburg Comes to Terms With Terror

    A journalist in St. Petersburg describes scenes of disbelief, charity, and solidarity as citizens of Russia’s second city reacted to an unprecedented terrorist act.

Carnegie Experts on
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    Alexander Baunov
    Senior Fellow
    Editor in Chief of Carnegie.ru
    Moscow Center
    Baunov is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center and editor in chief of Carnegie.ru.
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    Andrey Movchan
    Senior Fellow and Director
    Economic Policy Program
    Moscow Center
    Movchan is a senior fellow and director of the Economic Policy Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center.

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