There are stories Forbes won’t pursue, but that has more to do with a lack of resources—they have roughly twenty editors and reporters—and access to information than to the sensitivity of the subject matter itself. Kashulinsky says he’s had to turn promising stories down simply because he knows they’d stretch the magazine’s limited budget and he doesn’t have the resources for projects that would likely only lead to dead ends. When I ask him if he can provide me with some examples he pauses and says, “There are several, but someday we’ll do them.”

Research support for this story was generously provided by the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute.

Adam Federman was a Russia Fulbright Fellow in 2003-2004. He is currently a journalist based in New York City.