Russia

On the hunt for the 'psychopath' police officer

Concerned Russian citizens are on the hunt for a police officer who assaulted a man at a peaceful Saint Petersburg opposition demonstration. Read more...

Moscovites throttled by wildfire smog

Russia's relentless heat wave and ensuing wildfires have transformed the west of the country into something resembling a massive apocalyptic film setting, with eerie smog unfurling itself onto the streets of Moscow. See the amateur pictures...

Protest over disputed Vinci highway plan turns violent


A battle pitting Russian environmentalists against government authorities and French construction firm Vinci took a violent turn on July 28 when dozens of people stormed the administrative building of the Moscow suburb of Khimki, smashing the windows with stones and smoke grenades. Read more and watch the videos...
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Moscow's new Dostoevsky metro station: a 'suicide mecca'?

A Moscow metro station named after the famously gloomy Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky opened in June despite fears that its murals, considered "depressing" by some, will turn it into a "suicide mecca". Read more...

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Russia invaded by… crickets

Southern Russia and eastern Ukraine have been inundated with a gigantic swarm of crickets. See the amateur images...

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Towering penis graffiti startles St. Petersburg residents


A huge penis towered over the Russian city of St. Petersburg on June 14, right across from the infamous FSB (former KGB) headquarters. Images of the strange sight spread like wildfire on the Russian media and Internet. Even the Russian police were amused. Read more and see the photos...
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Rock star corners Putin on live TV

When Vladimir Putin was asked a "practical question" by a Russian rock star on live TV, he had no option but to respond. So - what does the Russian prime minister really think about police crackdowns on opposition protesters? Read more...

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Sri Lanka, Russia, Guinea... a sad state of affairs for human rights in 2009

Amnesty International released its annual report on Thursday, weighing up the world's worst human rights offenders of 2009, country by country. Our Observers from some of the 159 countries on the list give their reactions. Read more...

Commercial developers accused of razing listed buildings

Russian authorities are under fire from heritage conservation activists for not providing enough protection for listed buildings, which are being destroyed in the night by unknown culprits. Activists say that developers are demolishing the buildings illegally in order to acquire lucrative sites for commercial contracts. And while most Russian officials do little to stop them, the ones who do so are risking their lives. Read more...

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If the bigwigs use flashing lights, the Moscovites will use blue buckets

The Moscow movement against self-declared VIPs - or bureaucrats who use flashing lights illegally to evade traffic queues - is growing in strength. On Sunday, two hundred Moscovites took to the streets with blue buckets secured, upside-down, on top of their car roofs. Did the police stop them? But of course! See the videos...

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