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The Morning Vertical, April 26, 2016

By Brian Whitmore

ON MY MIND

It’s nice to see that despite what appears to be a campaign of pressure from the Kremlin, the journalists at RBK aren’t easing up a bit. Yesterday they published an investigative piece about the meteoric rise of businessman Dmitry Mazurov in Russia’s oil business. A rise that got a big assist, according to the report, from friends of Vladimir Putin and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin. Of course, if the Kremlin wants to tame or shut down RBK, they’ll find a way. But the fact that one of Russia’s last outposts of independent journalism is prepared to be so defiant is cause for some guarded optimism.

IN THE NEWS

Ukraine marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster

U.S. President Barack Obama Says Vladimir Putin is trying to undermineEuropean unity

Investigators are saying that robbery was the motive in the mass killing of a police officer and five members of his family in Samara Oblast.

The BBC is disputing Russian claims that a documentary the broadcaster is due to air in May will show that Ukraine is responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

WHAT I’M READING

Humanitarian Enemies of the People

Katerina Gordeeva at Meduza has a nice piece on the Kremlin’s assault on NGOs: From Charity To Treason: How Russia’s Philanthropists Went From Heroes To Traitors.

Unpacking The Attack on RBK

Kevin Rothrock at Global Voices gives a comprehensive rundown of the Kremlin’s attack on Mikhail Prokhorov and RBK.

RBK, meanwhile, has just published an investigative report about how cronies of Vladimir Putin and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin turned businessman Dmitry Mazurov into an oil mogul.

Rumors in the Corridors

In case you’re wondering what’s making the rounds on the Russian rumor mill, here’s a quick rundown. (Teaser: Dmitry Medvedev was angry about …read more

From:: The Interpreter – Institute of Modern Russia

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