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Play Based on Magnitsky’s Death to Premiere in US

A play based on the death of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky is set to premier in Washington, DC on May 4, just as the Russian authorities announce they are seeking the arrest of Magnitsky’s colleague.

May 3, 2011 | Continued
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Thousands of Russians Turn Out for May Day Rallies

Tens of thousands of Russians spanning all ideologies poured into the streets for May Day celebrations on Sunday.

May 2, 2011 | Continued
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Moscow University Bans Art Exhibit ‘Because of Luzhkov’

Two artists say they’re being censored by International University in Moscow, where administrators have cancelled an exhibit after objecting to a piece criticizing former city mayor Yury Luzhkov.

Apr 28, 2011 | Continued
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Putin vs Medvedev: There Can Be Only One

A spoof action movie trailer made by the Communist Party and predicting that Russia’s ruling tandem will bring about the end of days goes viral.

Apr 27, 2011 | Continued
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Rock Critic Troitsky Faces Prison Time for ‘Slandering’ Cop

Rock critic Artemy Troitsky faces up to two years in jail for presenting a fake award to a police officer for being an awful cop.

Apr 21, 2011 | Continued
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‘Valentina Ivanovna, You’re the Governor with a Capital G.’

After St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko tried to recruit homeless people to shovel the sidewalks and was caught partying on a decommissioned naval cruiser, a group of journalism students decided the only proper response was to shoot a calendar.

Apr 2, 2011 | Continued
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Posters for a Party of Swindlers and Thieves

With another round of regional elections coming up in March, renowned blogger Alexei Navalny is asking his readers to get out the vote for any party besides United Russia and has opened a poster contest to promote the campaign.

Feb 25, 2011 | Continued
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Nashi: Not Everything About Nazi Germany Was Bad

The Telegraph reports that Nashi has plagiarized the writings of Joseph Goebbels to “inspire young Russians to greater patriotic heights.”

Nov 15, 2010 | Continued
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Political Apathy on the Rise Among Russians

Results of a new poll by the Levada Center indicates that the number of Russians interested in politics is falling, and nearly half don’t think the country is a democratic society.

Nov 12, 2010 | Continued
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Moscow Rejects Ad Quoting Constitutional Freedom of Religion

The Moscow authorities have turned down an atheist organization that wanted to erect billboards quoting the Russian constitution’s guarantee of freedom of religion, possibly because it was “provocational.”

Oct 19, 2010 | Continued