High-Profile Cases


    • Op-Ed

    How Igor Sechin Was Interrupted Midflight

    Reuters was right to publish information showing that Rosneft head Igor Sechin repeatedly used corporate aircraft for personal purposes.

    • Op-Ed

    How a Russian Reporter Beat the Kremlin

    The arrest of Ivan Golunov on bogus drug charges sparked intense protests against the menace of the corrupt security state.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Ivan Golunov Is Free. Other Victims of Russia’s Police Are Not So Lucky

    No one denies that drug lords really exist, but so long as everyone is busy fabricating cases against innocent people and battling to meet crime targets, the real ones go about their business undisturbed. After all, their cases would need proper investigation: real criminals are clever and cautious.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    A National Disappointment: What Went Wrong With the Sukhoi Superjet 100

    The Sukhoi Superjet 100 has long stopped being just another aircraft, and has become a sociopolitical symbol of hope and disappointment. The project launched almost 20 years ago as a dream of conquering the world has turned into a thorn in everyone’s side. It seems that everyone, from government officials to airlines and passengers, is tired of the Superjet, which raises the question of whether the plane should continue to exist.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Grudges Before Politics: Arrests in Russia Are Increasingly Random

    Abyzov’s arrest demonstrates that the prosecution of economic crimes is becoming chaotic, and that politics, which previously loomed large behind high-profile arrests, now appears only after the fact, as a secondary, albeit important, consequence.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    The Troika Scandal: Is It Really What It Seems?

    An impartial reading of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project investigation into Troika Dialog can offer only one conclusion, and it is not remotely innovative: financial institutions where compliance procedures were far less stringent ten years ago than European regulators insist on today could be used for money laundering. That is no more original than concluding that knives can be used to stab people. Yet it hasn’t occurred to anyone to blame crime on the creators of its weapons.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    No Country for Investors: Russia’s Latest Shock Arrests

    The state is one of nothing other than arbitrariness. After the lawlessness of the mid-1990s in Russia, many hoped that competition between various groups of the elite would force them to create a system of laws and rules to protect them (and everyone else) from arbitrariness. But it didn’t turn out that way: one of the groups—the one furthest from both honest business and from society—won the battle and made arbitrariness the guarantee of its position.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Senator’s Arrest Exposes Cannibalization of Russia’s Power Vertical

    The powerful, monolithic, and robust state that Putin has been building since he came to power in 2000 is now devouring itself from within, demonstratively and ruthlessly locking up governors, ministers, and senators as though there were no Putin system or Putin appointees. The president, having focused too much of his attention on geopolitics, has opened the floodgates for the de-Putinization of the power vertical, creating a situation in which virtually no one except the head of state remains protected by the system’s legitimacy.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    VIP Inmates: How Russian Prisoners Secure Luxury Conditions Behind Bars

    In Russia’s prisons, elite inmates obtain special conditions both through monetary payments and rendering services—guaranteeing order, cutting deals with the administration, and even paying for improvements in the facilities. For its part, the Russian prison system is more concerned with keeping this corruption out of the public eye than actually preventing it.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    A Tactical Retreat: The Kremlin Reins in a War on Online Extremism

    A crackdown on online “extremism” has drawn rare resistance from both the Russian public and the political elite, forcing the Kremlin to support changes to the country’s main anti-extremism law.

Carnegie Experts on
High-Profile Cases

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    Alexander Baunov
    Senior Fellow
    Editor in Chief of Carnegie.ru
    Carnegie Moscow Center
    Baunov is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center and editor in chief of Carnegie.ru.
  • expert thumbnail - Movchan
    Andrey Movchan
    Nonresident Scholar
    Economic Policy Program
    Carnegie Moscow Center
    Movchan is a nonresident scholar in the Economic Policy Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center.

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