Mark Krutov is a correspondent for RFE/RL's Russian Service and one of the leading investigative journalists in Russia. He has been instrumental in the production of dozens of in-depth reports, exposing corruption among Russia's political elite and revealing the murky operations behind Kremlin-led secret services. Krutov joined RFE/RL in 2003 and has extensive experience as both a correspondent and a TV host.
Also by Mark Krutov
May 27, 2021
Exclusive: Meet The Murky Russian Network Behind An Anti-Pfizer Disinformation Drive In Europe
French social media influencers were offered money to post content criticizing Western COVID vaccines such as Pfizer's. The Russian company behind the efforts has links to a network of murky entities -- and a Moscow-based businesswoman active in pro-Kremlin political circles.
April 28, 2021
Russia Unveils A New Tactic To Deter Dissent: CCTV And A 'Knock On The Door,' Days Later
With dozens of detentions and arrests of people who participated in the April 21 demonstrations in support of Aleksei Navalny, and with his organizations likely to be tarred as "extremist," Russian authorities seem determined to quash the most effective opposition movement since Putin took power.
April 17, 2021
Russian Military Buildup Raises Tensions, Increases Risk Of Broader Conflict Over Ukraine
Analysts are loath to predict what will happen next as Russia continues a military buildup near Ukraine’s borders and in Crimea. Analysts say the risks are high and there are real dangers that fighting in the Donbas could spill over into a broader conflict.
February 03, 2021
Russian Firm That Created Secure Systems For Government Also Worked On 'Putin's Palace'
A corporate annual report from 2012, located and examined by RFE/RL, shows that a company that has installed high-level communications and security systems for the Kremlin and other top Russian government facilities was also involved in the "Putin's Palace" project on the Black Sea coast.
December 09, 2020
'Horrible' Homecoming: Husband Of Woman Who Returned To Belarus Slams Her Prison Sentence
Natalia Hershe traveled to her native Belarus from Switzerland, where she has lived for the last 12 years, to join the protests against Alyaksandr Lukashenka. She now faces a 2 1/2 -year prison sentence that her husband believes is aimed at frightening other government opponents.
September 24, 2020
FinCEN Leak Sheds Light On The Hidden Money Flows Of Putin's Russia
The recent leak of suspicious-activity reports filed by banks to the U.S. government is not as informative as the 2016 Panama Papers leak, but it has revealed a bit more about the financial connections between Russian oligarchs and officials of President Vladimir Putin's regime.
September 04, 2020
'Weapon Of Terror': A Novichok Creator Tells How Navalny Case Differs From The Skripal Attack
Russian chemist Vil Mirzayanov, one of the developers of Novichok, says that those behind the poisoning of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny seem to have learned from the mistakes made during the 2018 Novichok poisoning attack in England against former Soviet spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
July 13, 2020
A Russian Demographer Questioned Government COVID-19 Numbers. He Was Fired Earlier This Month.
For months, there have been doubts about Russia's COVID-19 death toll statistics. One demographer who publicly questioned the government's numbers found himself out of a job earlier this month.
July 03, 2020
'After I Fell, He Hit Me...And It Snaps': Journalist Tells How Russian Police Broke His Collarbone
Russian journalist David Frenkel was trying to cover voting at a St. Petersburg polling station on June 30 when a police officer roughly attempted to remove him, breaking his collarbone in the process. The frightening incident was caught on video, and authorities say they are investigating. From the hospital where he is recovering after surgery, Frenkel described the incident in interviews with RFE/RL and Current Time.
May 29, 2020
'They've Been Killing Him For Years': Russian Activist Sergei Mokhnatkin Is Dead At 66
In and out of prison since he was arrested after protecting an elderly woman being beaten by police in Moscow in 2009, Sergei Mokhnatkin, an "accidental dissident" whose unlikely career as an opposition activist is a revealing reflection of Russia in the past decade, has died at the age of 66.
March 03, 2020
'Were The Builders Morons?' Russia's First Theme Park Leaves Few Amused
Decades ago, then-Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev proposed building a Soviet version of Disneyland -- of course, one that was bigger and better than the American original. Fast forward to the present, and that Cold War dream has become a reality.
December 11, 2019
In Lavish Wedding Photos, Clues To An Alleged Russian Cyberthief's FSB Family Ties
Maksim Yakubets is wanted by the United States and Britain, which allege he's behind one of the largest cybertheft rings in history. There's virtually no chance that Russia will ever extradite him -- all the more so since his father-in-law is an ex-special forces officer with the FSB.
October 14, 2019
Russian Wedding Photos Highlight Novichok Suspect's Security Ties
The suspects in the 2018 poisoning of a Russian spy in England claimed they were simple nutritional-supplements salesmen. But one of them was an important guest at the wedding of a secretive Russian military official's daughter, an open-source investigation shows.
October 06, 2019
The Insulted And The Injured: 'Streisand Effect' Dulls Impact Of Law On Dissing Russian Authorities
Six months after Russia adopted a controversial law imposing fines for using electronic media to insult officials or state symbols, the number of people facing charges under the measure is in decline.
September 11, 2019
The Accidental Deputy: A Spoiler Candidate Surprisingly Wins A Seat In Moscow's City Duma
In the Moscow legislative vote last weekend, one district elected an unknown engineer who didn't campaign at all. Even the party that supposedly nominated him could not answer questions about him.
September 03, 2019
Angry Villagers, Beached Pontoons, Irradiated Flotsam: More Clues To Mysterious Russian Explosion
Weeks after a mysterious explosion at a Russian naval test range on the White Sea, new photographs of pontoons used during the incident offer fleeting details of what exactly may have transpired on August 8.
August 30, 2019
Did A Botched Bid To Recover A Sunken Missile Cause The Russian Radiation Blast?
An investigation by RFE/RL strongly points to the failure of an effort to recover a sunken missile as the cause of the August 8 White Sea explosion that killed at least five people, spewed radioactive isotopes, and brought heightened scrutiny to Russia's push to develop new weapons.
August 13, 2019
Wanted Man: Notorious Ukrainian Berkut Commander Gets Second Crack At Protesters -- In Moscow
Sergei Kusyuk, a former commander of Ukraine's Berkut riot police wanted in Kyiv for his role in violence at the 2013-14 Maidan protests, has been spotted commanding Russian riot police during the most recent crackdown on protesters calling for fair municipal elections in the Russian capital.