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“Putin’s Cook” set out to mine gold in Africa

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A story in “The Bell,” published by IRP fellow Elizaveta Osetinskaya, details how a November 2017 meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir paved the way for gold mining in the Sudan by Russian companies. Evgeny Prigozhin, a businessman connected with Putin whose companies include private security firm the Wagner Group, is a prime beneficiary of these concessions.

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Inside the Tax Bill’s $25 Billion Oil Company Bonanza

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A Pacific Standard analysis by former IRP fellow Antonia Juhasz, finds the oil and gas industry to be among the tax bill’s greatest financial beneficiaries. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is reported to provide a total of $25 billion in direct one-time benefits to 17 oil and gas companies.

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Telegram ban flop calls into question Russia’s internet might

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After interference in the U.S. elections, the West considers Russia to be a serious cyberforce. But can Russia really ban major foreign internet services, à la China? A failed attempt to shut down instant-messenger service Telegram suggests the answer may be “no,” reports The Bell, founded by IRP Fellow Elizaveta Osetinskaya.

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Why Russian Oligarchs Will Be First to Leave Their Offshore Paradise (Op-ed)

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The release of the Paradise Papers may help Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to return capital from offshore tax havens, paradoxically thanks to U.S. efforts to sanction his inner circle. IRP fellow Elizaveta Osetinskaya explains how the leak may lead to Russian oligarchs being expelled from the offshore tax paradises.

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Investigative journalist discusses career covering Philippine government and presidents

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IRP Director John Temple’s interview with Filipina investigative journalist Raissa Robles was covered by Jon Cana on ABS-CBN News’s Balitang America, a daily news program. The event, which took place October 10 at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, looked at Robles’ career as an investigative journalist and the current situation in the Philippines.

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Russia’s Central Bank takes control of Otkritie

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Central Bank chief, Elvira Nabiullina, has spent the past three years working to reform Russia’s banking system. Last month, the Central Bank took over 75 percent of the country’s largest private lender, Otkritie. IRP Fellow Elizaveta Osetinskaya explores the story for The Moscow Times.

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Truck drivers forced into debt by trucking companies

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Trucking companies have shorted drivers out of fair pay, forcing them into debt and threatening them into working longer hours, according to a USA TODAY Network investigation by UC Berkeley journalism alumni Brett Murphy, who began his reporting on the story as a student at the IRP.

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