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Saratov Center Press Survey (August)

Posted: September 19, 2012 at 6:54 pm

English Translation by Justin Cade A few figures On the results of the work of the investigative department of the Russian Investigative Committee for the Saratov Oblast in the first half of 2012 The department reached certain goals in the first half of 2012. Measures taken by the department have resulted in an increased number […]

What should I call you now, Dr. Nomokonov?

Posted: August 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm, Last Updated: September 7, 2012 at 1:52 am

English Translation by Justin Cade A law declaring a number of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) foreign agents has become reality. According to the law, all NGOs funded by foreign sources and engaged in political activity will be included in a special database of organizations classified as foreign agents.   Accordingly, the organizations’ accounting is becoming more […]

The Magnitsky Bill and Crime in Russia

Posted: August 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm, Last Updated: September 7, 2012 at 1:53 am

Author: Aaron Beitman, PhD Student, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Department of Political Science In recent weeks, a bill of note has made significant progress through both houses of the U.S. Congress.  Known as the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, the bill honors the memory of a lawyer and accountant formerly of Hermitage Capital, […]

Vladivostok Press Survey, July 2012

Posted: July 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm, Last Updated: September 7, 2012 at 1:53 am

 English Summary by Justin Cade Murder for Hire Sergei Krivorotov, General Director of the VladStroiZakazchik construction company, was found dead on Chaikovsky Street in Vladivostok the morning of June 13. He allegedly was accused of not paying his employees and a post mortem investigation uncovered numerous violations of labor laws, including failing to pay his […]

Regional press survey for Saratov and the Saratov region, June 2012

Posted: July 13, 2012 at 7:01 pm, Last Updated: September 7, 2012 at 1:53 am

English Summary by Justin Cade   A few statistics The region’s Prosecutor General’s office recently concluded an examination into the effectiveness of anti-extremism, anti-terrorism and anti-drug legislation over a five-month period in 2012. In this period, investigators uncovered 158 violations of anti-extremism laws. Disciplinary measures were taken against 87 people. 438 violations of anti-terrorism laws […]

Vladivostok Press Survey- May 2012

Posted: July 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm, Last Updated: September 7, 2012 at 1:53 am

English Summary by Justin Cade Organized Crime  After an extensive two-year investigation, an organized group of Khabarovsk racketeers was charged with fraud, extortion and criminal attempt. The group had been operating in the real estate market since 2007 and had ultimately extorted an estimated 4.5 million rubles from its victims. Three former Spetsnaz soldiers who […]

Corporate raiding in Saratov

Posted: June 25, 2012 at 4:03 pm, Last Updated: September 7, 2012 at 1:53 am

Author: Aaron Beitman, PhD Student, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Department of Political Science  For many successful entrepreneurs across the former Soviet Union, corporate raiding remains a real and present fear.  According to the Center for International Private Enterprise’s Development Blog, corporate raiders aim to take charge of a company’s ownership through a combination of legal […]

Saratov Center Press Survey of Regional Media and Websites, May 2012

Posted: June 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm, Last Updated: September 7, 2012 at 1:53 am

English Summary by Justin Cade Ten criminal charges filed against chief Saratov city administrator Alexei Prokopenko, the head of municipal development for the city of Saratov, has been charged on ten counts of failing to enforce the municipal court’s ruling on providing apartments to residents of old and unfit buildings. An investigation revealed that in […]

The Politics of Law Enforcement in Russia’s Far East

Posted: May 31, 2012 at 3:19 pm, Last Updated: September 7, 2012 at 1:53 am

Author: Aaron Beitman, PhD Student, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Department of Political Science Starting with the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, Soviet law enforcement was designed to serve as a centrally controlled apparatus sensitive to the wishes of the Communist Party.  As Shelley (1996) indicates, some postcommunist states acutely examined past policing techniques and supported reforms aimed […]

Organized Crime in Western Siberia (Part 3)

Posted: April 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm, Last Updated: September 7, 2012 at 1:53 am

Author: Aaron Beitman, PhD Student, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Department of Political Science Parts 1 and 2 of this series provided a snapshot of organized crime in western Siberia by describing the most significant regional criminal group, the Bratsk criminal society, and depicting the constellation of ethnic criminal groups active in western Siberia, including Chinese, […]