Dans une Ukraine corrompue, les agriculteurs ont le sentiment de n’avoir nulle part où aller

La Libre Belgique – Dans une Ukraine corrompue, les agriculteurs ont le sentiment de n’avoir nulle part où aller

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[ARTICLE] Ukrainian farmers turn to Donbas veterans for protection from raiders

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By Fabrice Deprez in Berezhinka – July 26, 2017

The flag of the Donbas battalion, one of the most notorious Ukrainian volunteer units to have fought against Russia-backed separatists, flies over the main building of Mikola Trybinienko’s farm.

Members of the former military unit came at the end of June to Berezhinka, a village in central Ukraine, to protect Trybinienko against “raiders”, the term used in the region to describe criminal groups who specialise in the illegal and often violent appropriation of land.

Trybinienko says raiders seized his 500 ha farm in May, after he discovered the state corporate registry had been modified using a forged signature, making the company officially no longer his. When he tried to get it back with the help of locals, a violent clash occurred, injuring at least three people. Local media reported that pistols and hunting rifles were seized by the police at the site.

Vous pouvez lire la suite de cet article sur le site de bne IntelliNews.

[ARTICLE] Bodyguards Incorporated: the rise and fall of Putin’s presidential guards’ construction empire

In February 2017, the Kremlin quietly appointed a new head of the Caucasus region branch of Russia’s Federal Protective Service (FSO), the main job of which is to guard President Vladimir Putin, but which until recently ran a secret and highly profitable construction empire.

In April last year this empire collapsed after Russian billionaire Dmitry Mikhalchenko, who had close ties to senior FSO officials and ran the Baltstroy construction company that actually did most of the work, was arrested for trying to smuggle $1mn worth of vintage cognac into the country. The case caused a major scandal. The deputy head of Russia’s Customs Service had to resign and Mikhalchenko was also charged with skimming millions of dollars off the top of renovation work on one of Putin’s country houses.

Vous pouvez lire la suite de cet article sur le site de bne IntelliNews.

Dirty Jobs: Being a Governor in Russia is Proving Tough

A version of this article was published on the Bear Market Brief’s website.

It’s a rough time to be a regional governor in Russia. Since last year, arrests and resignations of local leaders have piled up and accelerated in the last few weeks, with five governors gone since February. Described by some as a way for the Kremlin to prepare the presidential elections, whether by pumping “new blood” into Russia’s political system or by demonstrating its will to fight corruption at the highest level, the shake up is putting the regional establishment into a difficult position. Continue reading “Dirty Jobs: Being a Governor in Russia is Proving Tough”

Russian Media: The Kremlin is About to Get Tough on Navalny

Anonymous sources “close to the Kremlin” told independent outlet Dozhd the presidential administration is about to launch a campaign to discredit Alexey Navalny, Russia’s main opposition figure and presidential candidate. At the same time, a website claiming to reveal the “secret details” about “politicians, social activists and their organizations” released alleged bank statements claiming an anticorruption organization created by Navalny is funded thanks to an illegal “slush fund”. Continue reading “Russian Media: The Kremlin is About to Get Tough on Navalny”

Revue de presse – Des dizaines de milliers de personnes manifestent à travers la Russie contre la corruption

Répondant à l’appel lancé par l’opposant Alexeï Navalny, des milliers de personnes sont descendues dans les rues de dizaines de villes russes dimanche 26 mars pour manifester contre la corruption. Le mot d’ordre du mouvement visait spécifiquement Dmitri Medvedev, le premier ministre épinglé dans une enquête du “Fonds de Lutte contre la Corruption” de Navalny : Medvedev posséderait, d’après l’investigation, plusieurs yachts, propriétés luxueuses en Russie et à l’étranger, et même d’un domaine viticole. Mais le cadre des manifestations a largement dépassé la simple figure du premier ministre et, entre silence des médias d’Etat, dénonciations de manifestations illégales et perspective d’un renouveau de l’opposition russe à un an des présidentielles, les réactions ont été nombreuses dans la presse russe et étrangère. Continue reading “Revue de presse – Des dizaines de milliers de personnes manifestent à travers la Russie contre la corruption”

[ARTICLE] Russia exempts 64 “elite” companies from procurement rules

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Book Expedition would not strike the casual passer-by as anything special, and certainly not an integral component of the Russian state. Located in Kitai Gorod, the oldest part of central Moscow, the shop sells books and souvenirs to tourists wandering in one of the few really charming parts of the Russian capital.

But it is special – it is owned by the Directorate for Presidential Affairs and stands next door to the offices of its owner. As a result Book Expedition has a Federal Protection Service (FSO) agent constantly watching its front door, the elite of Russia’s security services and equivalent of the US Secret Service tasked with protecting the president among other things.

No one stops you entering the store. Heavy drapes hang in the door and windows but the atmosphere inside is snug compared to the sub-zero temperatures on the street outside. Eager saleswomen proudly show off luxurious hunting knives decorated with the emblems of the Russia Federation, the “Kremlin” and “VDV” (a Russian paratrooper division) branded eau de toilette, or the more run-of-the-mill calendars, watches and President Vladimir Putin biographies.

Thanks to its elite owner, Book Expedition was named in a decree signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as one of the country’s 64 state corporations – out of a total of 1120 “Federal State Unitary Enterprises” – that are “significant in order to ensure the rights and legal interests of Russian citizen as well as the defence and security of the State”.

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