Into the “social death” of the Russian oligarchy
Mar 11, 2022

Into the “social death” of the Russian oligarchy

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The Western sanctions on Russia's wealthy elite have raised a variety of questions that range from who these people are to the effectiveness of the sanctions. We spoke to Dartmouth sociologist Brooke Harrington, who argues in a new piece for The Atlantic that the sanctions represent an existential threat for Russia’s elite — and, by proxy, the Kremlin itself. Consumer sentiment has dropped to lows not seen since the 70s and 80s, yet spending remains strong. What gives? The dating app Tinder has added a background check feature that allows users to see if a possible date has a criminal past.

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The sociology of sanctioning Russian oligarchs

Mar 11, 2022
Sanctions represent an existential threat for Russia's elite, says sociologist Brooke Harrington.
The Eclipse, one of the yachts of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovitch, pictured in 2013, is reportedly worth $570 million.
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If consumer sentiment is down, why has consumer spending remained strong?

Mar 11, 2022
Wage growth, low unemployment and pent-up demand when COVID case counts decline may help explain the disconnect.
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New Tinder background checks are more than a safety feature

Mar 11, 2022
Dating apps rely on supply and demand. If users don't feel safe, they'll ditch the platforms.
A woman walks past a Tinder advertisement.
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The team

Victoria Craig Host, BBC
Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC
Jonathan Frewin Producer, BBC
Jay Siebold Technical Director
Jesson Duller Media Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer/Director
Rose Conlon Producer
Alex Schroeder Producer
Redmond Carolipio Digital Producer