Alexei Kulikov was charged with looting a small Moscow bank. But his trial turned into a window on the shadowy—and seemingly uncontrollable—world of money laundering in Putin’s Russia.

By Irina Reznik , Evgenia Pismennaya , and Gregory White 20. November 2017,

The pounding on the door begins at about 6 a.m. on a wintry Moscow day in March 2016. Insistent knocking at that hour usually means just one thing: police.