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  • The Spy Among Us

    Jack Barsky held a job at some of the top corporations in America and lived a seemingly normal life as a father and husband - all while spying for the Soviet Union in the last days of the Cold War. He tells Steve Kroft about his spying days in the 1980s and how he is able to remain in the U.S., technically a retired KGB spy, after being found by the FBI.
  • Above the Law

    Twenty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, corruption and impunity still pervades Russian politics. The series shows how high-ranking Russian officials wield power without fear of consequence in a nation without a durable rule of law.
  • Game of Control

    While some agencies have chipped away at corruption in football, their efforts have stopped at their national borders. Criminals have observed no boundaries. Reporters for the Organize Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, a consortium of investigative reporters, took a months-long look at the business of football in the southeast Europe and the former Soviet Union. They found networks of agents and power stakeholders quietly skimming transfer fees and working through tax havens and companies with shell proxies to avoid taxes. In post-transition Bulgaria some 200 killings have been linked to football. Among the dead are 15 club leaders who attained their posts through questionable means.
  • The Lavender Scare

    After leaving the NSA in 1960 to work in Russia, codebreakers Bill Martin and Bernie Mitchell were the men behind what is called the worst internal scnadal in NSA history. The Pentagon labels the men as being homosexuals who betrayed their country, yet NSA files with over 450 coworkers and friends show that neither man is in fact gay.
  • Preying on Parents

    A California-based international adoption firm is found to be defrauding prospective parents, taking advantage of "legal loopholes and government neglect." The story involves bribes and kickbacks to foreign government officials, the use of internet fraud on prospective parents, and "the withholding of vital medical information about orphans to misstate their health." In some cases, the children adopted through the agency had such severe medical conditions or other issues, and were institutionalized or sent home to their native countries. Meanwhile, "the company ignored complaints and pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees."
  • Radioactive

    This investigation uncovered just how easy it is to buy enough radioactive material in the former Soviet Union to make a dirty bomb. The investigation was focused on Georgia. The reporters found that radioactive materials were found in Georgia every year since the Russians left, that for $10,000 they could buy enough Cesium - 137 to make a bomb, and that security around the facilities for radioactive material is very lax. The president of Georia discussed his security concerns with the reporters.
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction

    During the Cold War, the Soviet Union developed the world's largest biological weapons program. Today, the Russian funding for the program has been cut, but the altered diseases and the scientists with the deadly expertise still remain in Russia and the Soviet empire's former republics. Twelve years ago, the United States began paying millions of dollars to employ Russian ex-scientists to protect the hazardous materials. This investigation shows that the United States funded program is not entirely successful; many labs remain in dangerous states of neglect and Russia still refuses to admit entry to its military controlled biological labs.
  • On Target: A Soviet Defense Giant Saw the Inevitable And Decided: Diversify; So Now It Does Buildings, Fast Food and Trade, too, And They're Paying Off; Saying 'No' to Dough Mixers

    The Wall Street Journal tells the story of the Rubin Central Design Bureau, a Soviet submarine manufacturer that survived communism's fall by branching out into fast food restaurants, tea imports and real estate developments.
  • The Best-Laid Plans To Bury the Czar Go Slightly Awry

    The Journal reports on the burial of the Russian Czar Nicholas II, executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. The burial has been on the "Kremlin's agenda for seven years.... For nearly 70 years, the Communists were practically mum on the czar's death."
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction

    Lewis Simons and Lynn Johnson travel around the world to give weapons of mass destruction a human face. They visit with survivors of Hiroshima, bio-weapon scientists from Russia and government officials in Iran. The piece attempts to quantify and qualify the threat of a biological, chemical or nuclear attack on the United States but the authors conclude it's practically impossible.