Moscow cops confiscate copies of book outing corrupt authorities


Sokolova_in.jpgPolice in Moscow have confiscated 3,500 copies of a book written by a Anna Sokolova (shown at left, she's on Twitter), investigative reporter with Forbes Russia, about links between regional authorities and corruption. From the Moscow Times:

The confiscation took place after Deputy Governor Igor Parkhomenko filed a libel complaint with the local police over the book, titled, "Corporation 'Moscow Region': How Russia's Richest Region Was Bankrupted."
The book had a total print run of 5,000. On his Facebook page, editorial director Leonid Bershidsky at Eksmo, the book's publisher, says the other 1,500 copies of the book had already been shipped to bookstores, but...
The confiscated books were not delivered to stores after an obscure company asked Eksmo to hold off on the shipments because it wanted to purchase them all, he said. The request came two days before the confiscation, but the company, Konsard, never picked the order.

Read the rest of the Moscow Times article here. Forbes Russia has an item up today about the police action here. has released a sample chapter here, in Russian.

Journalists in Russia whose work runs afoul of authorities and/or crime syndicates are frequently the target of intimidation, violent attacks, disappearance, and murder. Sokolova and those close to her are now understandably concerned for her safety.

(via Joseph Menn)


  1. I don’t know the regime is so frightened of reporters. The oligarchy controls the courts,and the police are vicious and unrestrained to the point where they can quash any popular uprising. It seems more like a holdover from the Stalinist era than any practical concern.

  2. Journalists in Russia whose work runs afoul of authorities and/or crime syndicates are frequently the target of intimidation, violent attacks, disappearance, and murder.

    Russia is ripe for revolution. The good people need to band together to fight these evil scumbags.

  3. hope she releases (or “leaks”) it online for free soon
    and ditto on the streisand effect.

  4. Tried to Google Translate the sample chapter, the translation was horrid, still no idea what it’s about.

  5. Congratulations. Now you make the widespread reading of the book inevitable.
    Streisand Effect indeed!

    1. Yup, definitely too heavy-handed. The subtle way to make it disappear, would be to offer to publish & distribute, and make sure it gets advertised only through the same wackadoodle sites that sell ‘monotomic gold’, and David Icke books. Once it’s been tarred with the Crazy Brush, the chattering classes would never have given it a second thought. Got a lot to learn still, the Russians.

  6. This may be true but I don’t trust Forbes, or anyone named Forbes or anyone who works for Forbes.

    1. I’m sure there’s a whole slew of government officials here in the US that would love to have this ability. Torrent or wikileaks someone suggested? Oh that’s a fine, up until those in power start to feel a bit threatened, get a little nervous and simply… turn off your internet.

        1. I was referring to an Egypt-style situation. While it would probably be a similar deal here, one where they couldn’t fully shut everything down 100%, I would imagine it would still be crippling.

  7. So my question (admittedly off-topic) is: where are all the pro-Russian shills defending this deplorable action?

    Or is that something that only happens when we discuss the United States?

    Curiouser and curiouser.

    1. Weh? You mean kinda like the way anyone who believes wikileaks is a positive thing or supports it’s right to free speech is accused of wanting to get it on with Assange? :p

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