Jake Cordell

@JakeCordell

Alfa Fellow 2019-20 | Economics & Business | j.cordell@themoscowtimes.com

Moscow, Russia
Joined January 2010

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    On podcast this week: 🇨🇳 😷 on why Russia’s response to coronavirus has irked Beijing ❄️ 🔥 on Russia’s lukewarm embrace of climate change and its Arctic strategy

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  2. The International Investment Bank - the Soviet Union’s development institution heavily linked to the KGB - is on a drive to Europeanise. That has brought extra European scrutiny and renewed Cold War-era fears of infiltration by Russian spies

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    My ode to the banya, described at various points herein as “nirvana,” “a legal drug” and “church”

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    Cossacks patrolling the streets of Russian cities to put face masks on Chinese people, what could go wrong

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  5. Russia’s anti-coronavirus measures becoming increasingly ugly. Entry ban on most Chinese citizens, metro & bus drivers being told to report Chinese passengers, and now spot checks & raids on hostels popular with Chinese travellers

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  6. I spoke to one of the founding fathers of RuNet, Alexander Galitsky for on: 🔒 The Kremlin's sovereign internet push 🕵️ Being investigated by the NSA 🤖 The Terminator becoming reality 🌍 Ridding the world of borders

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  7. Great chat with & for : 🇨🇳 Russia's tough coronavirus response and the Moscow-Beijing relationship 🇺🇦 Putin's decision to fire Vladislav Surkov, the Kremlin's "grey cardinal" and point man on Ukraine

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  8. But it's nothing to do with: i) 🇷🇺 attitudes towards 🇨🇳, or ii)🇷🇺's understanding of public health Instead, Kommersant found that Western countries are just too politically correct to agree. Published in an article titled "China - out of here!"

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  9. To stop getting coronavirus: - 37% of Russians said they would "avoid contact with people of Chinese origin" - 30% would stop "eating in Asian restaurants" That's around 3x the levels in the US, UK, France, Canada, Germany.

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    All the guys of my age knew that they would be hazed and they tried to avoid army. As soon as I asked those who served to tell about experiences on the record they just didn't want to share it. Story for

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  11. My first stint in the host's chair for : 👮A Russian criminal case which critics have compared to a 1930s show trial - 🤝 Russia's "wily" men and women - on his excellent new book "Between Two Fires"

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    📢📢📢 You asked, and we listened: Our podcast is back to bring you the most important Russia stories. Today, we discuss the shocking Set case with and talks about his acclaimed new book “Between Two Fires”:

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    This story by on Russians escaping coronavirus quarantine should be a film. “When the medical staff had let their guard down, I short-circuited the magnetic lock in my containment room and opened the door. I studied physics, which helped.”

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    A Moscow activist campaign is encouraging people to protect their privacy by covering their faces in bright, bold designs

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  15. Perhaps the strangest detail: UFG was founded in 1996. Mishustin came on board in 2008, when it already had $2bn in assets. Instead of an employee role, he was instantly made equal partner and given 25% stake of the firm - same level as UFG's co-founders.

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  16. Mikhail Mishustin's ex-bosses at investment group UFG - who refused to even acknowledge they knew who the guy was 2 weeks ago - have now disclosed that Russia's new PM scooped up $35m for 23 months' work with them.

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    My trip to hell. "Workers revealed that they are under orders to clean the disposable sheets that patients die on. The sheets are then returned to the wards. The policy is enforced even if the patients died of tuberculosis or other infectious diseases."

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  18. Just received an email containing this monstrosity: Киллер фича. Killer Feature.

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  19. New report on Russia & Africa from : Ad hoc commercial interests in weak & corrupt countries lies behind Russia's pivot to Africa, not a grand strategy to engage the continent

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    Last week I checked in with Darya Besedina, an opposition deputy elected to the Moscow city council on the wave of the summer protests. While United Russia still holds a comfortable majority, 's goal is to show that an “alternative is possible.”

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