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A Most Reliable Ally: How Corruption in the Russian Military Could Save Ukraine

The Russian army, considered one of the strongest in the world, has suddenly found itself bogged down in Ukraine. How can corruption, which Moscow has been fighting for decades, help explain the quagmire?

A ZIL-130 truck after the destruction of a convoy of Russian vehicles in the Kharkiv region at the end of March 2022 (Photo: Twitter / )

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Putin’s Two Biggest Secrets: What’s Known About His Sanctioned Daughters

For 20 years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been hiding his daughters from his marriage to Lyudmila Putina. They lived under assumed surnames and never appeared in public in connection to him. He attributed this to security concerns and to their own reluctance to take on public roles.

Putin’s alleged daughters: Maria Vorontsova (left) and Katerina Tikhonova (right). (Credit: “Doctor” TV Channel/YouTube, Russia 24/YouTube)


‘We Ask God for Peace’: Western Sanctions on Russia Strike Central Asian Labor Migrants

For years, Russia’s big cities have been a source of employment and income for the people of Central Asia and the Caucasus. Now, as sanctions undermine the Russian economy, they and their families will also feel the pinch.

Rysbek, a labor migrant from Kyrgyzstan, makes deliveries for a supermarket chain in Moscow. Due to Western sanctions on Russia, he and many of his colleagues may lose their jobs. (Credit: OCCRP)

One of the damaged rooms of the Kharkiv Art Museum

The Battle for Ukrainian Culture

As war rages around the country, cultural centers and arthouses are scrambling to save priceless objects from destruction and would-be looters.

One of the damaged rooms of the Kharkiv Art Museum (Credit: Maryna Filatova)