Coverage of issues surrounding expropriation of business by the Russian state

Russia bites back with widening crackdown on McDonald’s

Financial Times: A campaign against McDonald’s was broadened to over 200 separate investigations. This means almost half of all McDonald’s outlets in Russia are investigated on the basis of hygiene or finance. The investigations began in August when Russia’s consumer … Continue reading

Medvedev bets on private business in hard economic times

The Moscow Times: Anatoly Medetsky reports in the Moscow Times that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has admitted that economic growth in the country is unlikely to exceed 2% this year, despite high oil prices. The majority of growth in … Continue reading

Alexei Navalny’s trial is an indictment of Russia’s corrupt establishment

The Guardian: The Guardian publishes an English translation of a thought piece from former Yukos Oil CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who has spent the last ten years in jail on embezzlement charges that are widely believed to be politically motivated. Khodorkovsky … Continue reading

If we kowtow to Putin, his disdain for us grows

The Times: The Times’ Roger Boyes writes that after the bizarre posthumous conviction of Sergei Magnitsky, it is clear that Putin is haunted by the ghost of Franz Kafka, so twisted was the logic of the whole trial. Boyes claims … Continue reading

Magnitsky verdict is in: Russia is a criminal state

The Moscow Times: Attorney and former boss of Sergei Magnitsky, Jamison Firestone, writes in the Moscow Times that the Yukos show trial the start of a trend of corruption in the Russian police and judicial system. By the time Sergei … Continue reading

Russians linked to Sergei Magnitsky case banned from entering UK

Daily Telegraph: The Daily Telegraph’s James Quinn and Philip Aldrick report that the UK Home Office has prohibited 60 Russian nationals linked to the Sergei Magnitsky case from travelling to the UK. The lawyer, who worked for Hermitage Capital Management, … Continue reading