The media outlet that exposed Prigozhin is sold to a magazine magnate — The Bell — Eng

The media outlet that exposed Prigozhin is sold to a magazine magnate

Hello! Our top story this week is about why a glossy magazine magnate bought a small media outlet that punched above its weight with blockbuster investigations into a controversial businessman close to Putin....
Russian officials wrote an economic program for Venezuelan President Maduro’s second term — The Bell — Eng

Russian officials wrote an economic program for Venezuelan President Maduro’s second term

Hello! In our first regular newsletter of the new year, we’ve got a scoop about how Russian officials are trying to help Venezuelan President Maduro extricate his country from economic collapse. You can...
‘The art of rejection’. A new report reveals the hidden mechanisms authorities use to restrict protests in Russia

‘The art of rejection’. A new report reveals the hidden mechanisms authorities use to...

Article 31 of the Russian Constitution states that citizens of the Russian Federation “shall have the right to assemble peacefully.” However, when protests are not approved by local authorities, those who join them...
Lifting some sanctions is a boost for the Russian market, blow for Deripaska — The Bell — Eng

Lifting some sanctions is a boost for the Russian market, blow for Deripaska

Hello! This week we have lots of news about metals tycoon Oleg Deripaska. Our leading story is about how Deripaska struck a deal with the U.S. to get sanctions on his companies lifted,...
Outrage as architect of 1990s privatization bemoans lack of ‘gratitude’ — The Bell — Eng

Outrage as architect of 1990s privatization bemoans lack of ‘gratitude’

What happened The topic of 1990s privatization can lead to violent disputes in Russia even thirty years later. This week, there was heated debate about a speech given by the architect of privatization, Anatoly...
Hawks propose a Chinese-style plan to isolate Russian internet — The Bell — Eng

Hawks propose a Chinese-style plan to isolate Russian internet

What happened Russian lawmakers have started working on the Kremlin’s long held dream of an isolated internet along the lines of the system used in China. The official reason for this is fear that...
Suspected polonium poisoner leads new proposal to isolate Russian internet — The Bell — Eng

Suspected polonium poisoner leads new proposal to isolate Russian internet

Hello! This week we look at how a group of lawmakers, including the suspected killer of Alexander Litvinenko, are pushing a plan to create Chinese-style internet in Russia. We also analyze why the...
Moscow’s relationship with OPEC at risk amid disagreement — The Bell — Eng

Moscow’s relationship with OPEC at risk amid disagreement

What happened For the first time in over three years of close cooperation between Russia and OPEC, serious splits have arisen between the oil-producing partners. Some analysts say Russia’s increased role at OPEC in...
Russia’s second #metoo moment lays bare the fractures of ‘liberal’ society — The Bell — Eng

Russia’s second #metoo moment lays bare the fractures of ‘liberal’ society

Meduza editorial staff, editor-in-chief Ivan Kolpakov seated on the right Disclaimer: Meduza is one of The Bell’s competitors. While some employees at the two outlets are friends, the author of this analysis is not directly acquainted with anyone...
Conflicting signals from Putin and Medvedev over Russia’s Davos boycott — The Bell — Eng

Conflicting signals from Putin and Medvedev over Russia’s Davos boycott

What happened In response to the decision to ban Russian tycoons under U.S. sanctions from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Russia has threatened to boycott the event. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he would...

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