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The fanciful claims of Russian propaganda amid Ukraine's crisis

 
As the threat of armed conflict hangs over Ukraine, Russian media outlets are firing the opening salvoes of a parallel propaganda war. But several reports have already raised eyebrows. We get to the bottom of three fanciful claims currently making the rounds. Read more...
 
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Sochi Olympic hotels: Awful or exaggerated?

 
As athletes and journalists from around the world stream into Sochi, where the Olympic Games are about to kick off, many have complained about poor infrastructure and shoddy hotels. Some of their photos are indeed damning, but, according to our Russian Observers, certain gripes have been blown out of proportion. Read more…
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Ukraine's 'Europe vs Russia' debate gets heated online

Will they or won’t they? Ukrainian leaders have gone back and forth on whether or not they will sign a historic free trade deal with the European Union at a summit on Thursday. On one side, Russia is strongly pressuring them not to; on the other, thousands of Ukrainians have demonstrated in favour of the agreement. The protest is also raging online, where many depict this as a choice between two paths – one day (hopefully) joining the European Union, or staying in the shadow of their former master Russia. Read more...

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Nailed testicles, giant phalluses: The shock tactics of Russian protest art

 
Muscovites were treated to a surreal sight on Sunday: a naked man who had nailed his testicles to the cobblestones in Red Square, in protest at what he sees as apathy in contemporary Russian society. In Russia, where modern art is rarely political, a handful of artists are resorting to ever more shocking methods in order to be heard. Read more...
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Nationalist march in Moscow: "A bizarre mix of Cossacks and skinheads"

 
On Russia’s National Unity Day, more than 8,000 protesters took to the streets in the southern outskirts of Moscow. While nationalists hold a march on this date every year, this year's protest, fueled by growing anti-immigrant anger, was much larger than in previous years. Read more...
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Kazakhs fear poisoning following Russian rocket crash

 
A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying three satellites to orbit crash-landed just seconds after being launched from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan on Tuesday. No one was injured, but the explosion produced a cloud of toxic gas, unleashing panic among the region’s residents. Some are furious that their health might be endangered because of the Russian space programme. Read more...
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Videos of Russian meteor explosion – and the damage done

A meteor exploded near the Russian city of Chelyabinsk on Friday morning. Our Observer, who lives there, tells us what he saw. Read more and watch videos...
 

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Ad campaign promoting Russian constitution 'censored'

 
Three public notices featuring quotations from the Russian constitution were put up in the streets of Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth largest city, last weekend. The quotations outlined a few basic rights of the country’s citizens. In most places, this act would not be the least bit controversial – but it's a different story in Russia. Read more...

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